Breakthrough in-utero surgery treats devastating birth defect

Photo from University of Pittsburgh

From NY Post: This baby went under the knife — from inside the womb.

Emery Greene Mullin was born two months after a January operation to correct her spina bifida. She is one of the first babies to undergo the surgery in-utero.

The potentially fatal condition occurs when the spine doesn’t fully fuse with the backbone, exposing it to amniotic fluid. This can lead to severe health issues, including hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, which can impair motor function.

As a pediatric intensive care nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Emery’s mom, Allee, has worked with kids who have spina bifida. She found out about her own daughter’s condition while 20 weeks pregnant.

“It’s a devastating diagnosis,” Dr. Stephen Emery told WTAE News. He was one of the operating surgeons at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital, along with Dr. Stephanie Greene.

Although the surgery brought serious risks for both Emery and Allee, it potentially meant “the difference between not walking and walking,” Dr. Greene told WTAE.

Emery was born with her back fully healed, and a postnatal neurological exam yielded promising results.

“She can’t point her toes down quite all the way with one foot,” said Dr. Greene. But, she added, this is still a huge improvement. “To be fair…she shouldn’t have had movement below her knees.”

Allee was so grateful to the doctors she named her baby after them: Emery Greene. “It’s really emotional,” Greene said. “It’s the highest honor I could imagine somebody giving me.”

Read the whole story here at the University of Pittsburgh web site.

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Dr. Eowyn
Admin
1 year ago

Successful surgery on baby still in the womb! Wow!

And to think the Left tell us these babies are mere parasites….

William
William
1 year ago

This is good news because there has been an increase in cases of spina bifida related to men and women who were in the Gulf War(s) and were possibly exposed to depleted uranium. My great-niece has spina bifida and has needed endless surgeries. Her father served in Iraq

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

Leave it to the left baby killers and they would have killed the baby after birth for becoming a “burden” to society and the parents”. The doctors and the Mom deserve recognition. God bless Emery Green.

Chemtrailssuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Alma

They’ll start putting old people “to sleep” next, saying they don’t contribute to society or are a burden. That is what you get with societies that become ‘death cults’.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
1 year ago

Of course “planned parent hood” would’a recommended “abortion”.

William
William
1 year ago

Of course. Little Emery is just a clump of cells anyway, so they would say

Chemtrailssuck
1 year ago

Thank God it worked! Too bad more people don’t know that spina bifida is caused by nutrient deficiencies of the mother, usually folic acid. Sadly, people don’t realize that those prenatal “vitamins” have synthetic “folic acid” which the body can’t use and the liver can’t process, eating real folic acid from greens is the best way to get it. Synthetic vitamins do not work, most are toxic and some like the folic acid they put in bread is linked to the explosion of colon cancer.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Chemtrailssuck

Indeed, our bodies are designed to extract nutrients from food, not pills

Chemtrailssuck
1 year ago
Reply to  William

Especially synthetic pills made from non-food chemicals. Anyone who knows about body systems will tell you that the molecules are either “right” or “left”, and the ones that are the wrong way cannot be used by the body. That’s why I trust Carotec, because they aren’t selling toxic synthetic “vitamins”.