Doctors Cut Into Mom’s Womb to Repair Baby’s Spinal Cord Defect
Doctors in Canada performed a life-altering surgery on a fetus still developing inside its mother’s womb to correct a spinal defect that would have led to spina bifida.
On June 4, a team of surgeons at Mount Sinai Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), both in Toronto, began the two-and-a-half-hour procedure on a woman named Romeila Son, whose fetus was 25-weeks pregnant old at the time.
During the operation, doctors cut through the mother’s abdomen and uterus to reveal the fetus. Then, the fetus was carefully maneuvered so that her back was facing the surgeons, which allowed them to begin the delicate procedure to enclose the spinal cord in the spine.
Son later gave birth to a healthy girl, Eiko, via cesarian section on Aug.19