Unborn baby removed from mum's womb for surgery and then put back

Baby removed from womb for pioneering surgery then put back in to continue pregnancy

Baby removed from womb for surgery, then returned to mum’s belly

"With that we were told our little girl had spina bifida". For the new mother, a team of Belgian and British surgeons carried it out.

► When Beth Simpson's unborn child was diagnosed with the birth defect spina bifida, one option she was given was termination.

"Our midwife made an appointment in London. Fast forward 48 hours, we were in London having scans on her head and spine", Simpson wrote on social media.

The 26-year-old nurse from Burnham, Essex, in the United Kingdom, and her husband Kieron had been given the option to terminate the pregnancy before they learned of the procedure.

However, the mother-to-be Mrs Simpson and her husband denied to give up on her unborn baby and opted for foetal fix.

Bethan and her baby were given the green light to have the surgery, then faced "a rollercoaster for the next few weeks".

She said: "I had the most recognised surgeons from around the world from University College London Hospital and Belgium looking after me".

"We were a success". Simpson claimed on Facebook she is the fourth woman in the country to undergo the surgery. "I'm fragile and sore but as long as she is doing fine that all we care about", the expecting mom said.

"Sadly 80% of babies in England are terminated when their parents get told their baby has this condition", Simpson wrote.

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"It's not a death sentence. She has the same potential as every one of us", she added. Yes, there are risks of things going wrong but please think more about spina bifida.

"I feel our baby kick me day in and day out, that's never changed. She's extra special, she's part of history and our daughter has shown just how much she deserves this life".

According to the Mayo Clinic, spina bifida "falls under the broader category of neural tube defects". In this surgery, doctors operate on the baby's spinal cord while it is still in its mother's uterus.

But when a portion of the neural tube doesn't develop or close properly, it causes "defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine".

Now the causes of spina bifida aren't fully understood, with a combination of genetic, environmental and nutritional factors seeming to influence babies that develop the condition during early pregnancy.

Also, some medications might be the cause. In the USA, specifically, spina bifida occurs between an estimated 1,500 and 2,000 babies out of the roughly 4 million births in the country each year, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

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