Pittsburgh Surgeons Repair Spina Bifida in Utero at 25 Weeks Gestation

Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Post-Gazette) A new type of fetal surgery to repair the most common and severe type of spina bifida has been done for the first time in Pittsburgh and now three months after being born, the little patient is showing almost completely normal leg function.

Surgery was done by a team of specialists — led by Dr. Stephen Emery, director of the Center for Innovative Fetal Intervention at UPMC Magee, and Dr. Stephanie Greene, director of vascular and perinatal neurosurgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital.

“We’re very thankful for them; they not only changed Emery’s life but also our whole family’s lives,” said Allee Mullen, 28, of Eighty Four, who had the surgery in January. She and her husband, Kevin, named their daughter for the two surgeons: Emery Greene Mullen.

Children’s reports its doctors close similar open neural tube defects — called myelomeningocele — in 10 to 20 infants each year after birth. When the surgery is done in the uterus, according to clinical research published in 2011, fewer neurological problems show up.

Continue reading this story >>

Read the press release from the University of Pittsburgh here.

Become a Christian News Network Supporter...

Dear Reader, has ChristianNews.net been of benefit and a blessing to you? For many years now, the Lord has seen fit to use this small news outlet as a strong influential resource in keeping Christians informed on current events from a Biblical worldview. With much compromise and many falsehoods in modern-day Christianity, we strive to bring you the news by keeping Christ and His word in focus. If you have benefited from our news coverage, please prayerfully consider becoming a Christian News supporter by clicking here to make a one-time or monthly donation to help keep the truth of God's word widely and freely published and distributed. May Christ continue to be exalted through this work!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email