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Team at London’s University College hospital performed the surgeries to treat spina bifida

Weeks before they took their first breaths, two babies had their spinal cords delicately repaired by surgeons in the first operations of their kind in the UK.

The spina bifida surgeries were successfully performed by a team at University College hospital in London this summer on two babies while they were still in the womb.

Spina bifida is usually treated after birth, but research shows repairing the spine earlier can stop the loss of spinal fluid and lead to better long-term health and mobility outcomes.

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The Guardian

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