Doctors performed groundbreaking keyhole surgery on unborn baby with spina bifida

0
10
Doctors performed groundbreaking keyhole surgery on unborn baby with spina bifida



DOCTORS performed keyhole surgery on an unborn baby with spina bifida — in the first op of its kind in the UK.
The surgeons say it is not a cure but could enable the child to walk.
Mum Sherrie Sharp gave birth to Jaxson weeks after he underwent surgery

Mum Sherrie Sharp, 29, had the revolutionary procedure when 27 weeks pregnant with son Jaxson.
She said her “miracle” baby is now moving his legs after being born six weeks later.
Sherrie was given a “number of options” after she was told her baby had spina bifida at her 20-week scan.
His spinal cord was bulging out of his back and his nerves were suffering damage, risking paralysis and incontinence.
Keyhole surgery was offered by specialists at King’s College Hospital in South London — but she was warned her baby could be born prematurely.
HIGH HOPES
Sherrie, from Horsham, West Sussex, had received a blood transfusion at the same hospital while in her mum’s womb after developing anaemia.
She said: “I’m here today thanks to the specialists at King’s so I wanted my baby to have the same chance.”
Surgeons made three small cuts in her stomach, where they inserted a thin camera, light and tools into her womb.
They took the exposed spinal cord, freed it from surrounding tissue and pushed it back.
A special patch was used to cover the spinal cord before closing up the muscles and skin to prevent fluid leaking.
MEDICAL FIRST
As well as Sherrie, doctors also sedated Jaxson during the three-hour procedure to prevent him from wriggling.
Until recently, surgeons would have waited to perform such a “delicate” op until the tot with spina bifida was born.
But evidence suggests surgery in the second trimester reduces nerve damage and the risk of long-term problems.
Baby Jaxson arrived early last month, at 33 weeks, and was looked after in neonatal intensive care.
SEX CLUES This is how much sex you SHOULD be having… according to your age PASSION PEAKS This is the age when your sex drive will be at its most rampant (and girls, it might surprise you) Bath Bomb This is the gross reason you should NEVER use a mesh shower pouf NOT JUST SPOTS! Six common types of bumps on your skin – and the ones that could be deadly Sex Secrets Prostitute who earns £2,000 a week reveals the average penis size … and how much she enjoys work VA-JAY-NAY From neon pubic dyes to vagina visors…the bizarre products you can buy for your lady bits (and the ones that will RUIN your sex life)
Sherrie said: “He’s got movements in his legs. We were told he’d have minimal movements if we didn’t have the surgery.
“I’ve got high hopes for him. From day one he’s done things, he’s amazed us all.
“He makes me proud every day — he’s just a miracle.”
King’s consultant Dr Marta Santorum-Pere said: “The foetus is very small and inside the womb, so obviously it’s a very delicate operation.”
Sherrie has high hopes for Jaxson now he has been born
First UK surgery in the womb for baby with spina bifida at Great Ormond Street Hospital

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here