Pancreatic spina bifida surgery was successful after the baby was born healthy from the disease and returned home with her parents.
A rare operation was performed for British mother Bethan Simpson, 26, about three months ago when her daughter was 24 weeks pregnant.
The doctors diagnosed the female fetus with spina bifida when she was in her 20th week of pregnancy and advised her parents to abort and give up pregnancy. But they also pointed out a difficult and costly surgical option: surgically correcting spina bifida during pregnancy.
The mother underwent four hours of surgery. Spina bifida was repaired at the bottom of the spine, the pregnancy was completed until the baby was born about two weeks ago and she returned home yesterday in excellent health.