‘Fixing her before she’s born’ – Unborn baby removed from mother’s womb, operated on then put back in

NewsHub 12 February 2019
Family First Comment: “We were told our little girl had spina bifida. We were offered continuing pregnancy, ending pregnancy or a new option called fetal surgery – fixing her before she’s born. We had to do it.”
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In a revolutionary new operation, an unborn baby has been removed from its mother’s womb, and then returned.

After it was discovered 26-year-old Bethan Simpson’s baby had spina bifida, she and her husband Kieron were given the option to terminate their pregnancy, before they learned of the new procedure.

The expecting mother, from Essex wrote on Facebook that the choice was easy.

“We were told our little girl had spina bifida. We were offered continuing pregnancy, ending pregnancy or a new option called fetal surgery – fixing her before she’s born. We had to do it.”

Once Ms Simpson reached 24 weeks, the operation took place.

Surgeons from University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital performed the surgery.

They removed the foetus from Ms Simpson’s womb, repaired its spinal cord, and then put it back in for the remainder of the pregnancy.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/02/fixing-her-before-she-s-born-unborn-baby-removed-from-mother-s-womb-operated-on-then-put-back-in.html

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