Just went for my 20week ultra sound today and found out our baby has spinal bifida. The baby is only messuring 17 weeks, and the brain is not developing right. I am so worried, ihave STRONG belifes on abortion, and the dr told us that might be our only out. We see a specialist wednesday to find out more. there is a sak at the base of the spinal cord and the base of the brain is not closing. I guess i need words of encoragement! Anyone have to terminate a pregnancy due to this? or anyone have a baby, what is a day like for you? I have a 19month old already. Thanks so much!
Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on Jan. 20, 2010
There are different degrees of spina bifida. The worst case is the child won't live past a year because of the swelling on the brain. A friend of mine had a child with spina bifida. Every two weeks she would take him to have the fluid drained from his brain. He had a feeding tube and needed a lot of medical attention. He made it to see his first birthday and then passed away. There are less severe cases. Some children with spina bifida will never be able to walk, some can walk using crutches. Because spina bifida affects the brain, even mild forms of spina bifida cause brain damage and many children are special needs. There is also a chance that your child could have spina bifida and live a completely normal life. I would wait and talk to the specialist.
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