France is celebrating its first successful fetal surgery after a baby girl was born Nov. 9 at full term and in good health.
Nearly four months earlier, in July, doctors at Armand Trousseau Hospital in Paris operated on the 20-week-old fetus with spina bifida while inside her mother’s womb. To prevent brain damage, doctors recommended the expectant mother undergo fetal surgery, an unprecedented treatment in most European countries.
“In France, we have been considering this surgery for around 10 years. Many were asking whether there was a place for this type of intervention in our country,” Dr. Jean-Marie Jouannic, who led the surgery, told Agence France-Presse.