Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s bi


THE VEHICLE ON WET ROADS. THE FOUR PASSENGERS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE BUT THE DRIVER WAS TRAPPED. AS THE SUV BEGAN TO CATCH FIRE, THE POLICE OFFICER AND FIREFIGHTER WORKED TO GET INTO THE VEHICLE TO REACH THE TEEN. SECONDS BEFORE THE FIRE SPREAD TO THE VEHICLE’S CAB, THE TWO PULLED THE DRIVER TO SAFETY. COLLEEN: A MEDICAL MARVEL AT THE CLEVELAND CLINIC. SURGEONS AT THE HOSPITAL HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED SURGERY ON A FETUS TO REPAIR SPINA BIFIDA. MARK: IT’S THE FIRST TIME IT’S EVER BEEN DONE THERE, AND NOW THE CLEVELAND CLINIC IS ONE OF ONLY 20 HOSPITALS IN NORTH AMERICA THAT CAN DO THE OPERATION. IT TOOK A TEAM OF SURGEONS AND SPECIALISTS MORE THAN A YEAR TO PREPARE TO DO THIS KIND OF SURGERY. DOCTORS SAY IT’S EXTREMELY RISKY. BUT WAS SUCCESSFUL. DR. DARRELL CASS, CLEVELAND CLINIC FETAL CENTER DIRECTOR: “IT HAS TO BE STITCHED VERY CAREFULLY AND COMPLICATIONS CAN DEFINITELY HAPPEN DURING THIS ENTIRE COURSE.” DR. CASS: “THE OPERATION WENT PERFECTLY, AND IN FACT, THE REPAIR ON THIS BABY’S BACK IS THE BEST THAT I’VE SEEN IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.” MARK: SPINA BIFIDA HAPPENS WHEN A TUBE THAT PROTECTS PART OF THE SPINAL CORD DOESN’T FORM IN THE WOMB, AND CAN LEAD TO MANY DISABILITIES INLUDING BEING PARALIZED. BECAUSE OF THE SURGERY, THE HEALTHY BABY GIRL WAS BORN JUNE 3 AND SHE AND HER MOTHER ARE DOING WELL. COLLEEN:

1 thought on “Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s bi

  1. I got a question?If we are looking at a baby,and they are talking about it as it is a baby?Why are we lying by calling it a fetus?

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