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        Spina Bifida Repair | Twice Born

        Learn how fetal surgeons can help repair a birth defect of the spine known as Spina Bifida in this clip from the series TWICE BORN. Spina bifida is a condition in which a hole in the spinal column leaves a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in an unborn baby's back. When expectant mothers and the fetus meet the criteria, surgeons can operate about halfway through the pregnancy to close the hole and minimize the nerve damage. By repairing the hole, doctors hope to improve the quality of the child's life with greater mobility and independence.

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