Monday, April 2, 2012

Spina Bifida

My friend just recently got the results back of her amniocentesis test on her baby girl, and found out her little girl not only has a cyst on her brain... but also she has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida. 
She is due in August so the pregnancy is too far along to have an abortion. She also was in a car accident 6 years ago & broke her pelvis so she cant even have natural child birth so im guessing an abortion too far a long would be another whole slue of problems. 
But, with me being so curious about medical things i had to look up what it was. Read the article below I copied from the site i linked below... It is so sad, she is basically going to have problems and be going to the doctor for the rest of her life.
Obviously she is going to love this little girl no matter what, but it's hard enough to raise healthy kids let alone kids who have disabilities. She asked me to be the godmother yesterday, i said yes.
"Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs in one out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States. In Canada, one in every 750 babies is born with spina bifida. Spina bifida occurs within the first four weeks of pregnancy, before many women are aware that they are pregnant. For some unexplained reason, the embryo's neural tube (which develops into the brain, spinal cord, and vertebral column) fails to form properly, which results in varying degrees of permanent damage to the spinal column and the nervous system.
In the United States, approximately 1,500 infants are born with spina bifida each year. According to the Spina Bifida Association, "Spina bifida is the most frequently occurring permanently disabling birth defect...More children have spina bifida than have muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined."
One question frequently asked by parents of newborns who have spina bifida, or parents who have found out that their unborn child has spina bifida is, "How will this affect my child?" There is great diversity among the population of people who have spina bifida.
Generally, the level of paralysis is related to the level of the spinal defect. The spine is composed of bones called vertebrae. There are five areas of the spine. The highest part of the spina is the cervical (the neck) which is nearest to the skull and composed of seven bones or "vertebrae." Then, in descending order are the 12 thoracic vertebrae (which support the ribs), 5 lumbar vertebrae (the lower back) the fused vertebrae the sacrum and the coccyx (tail bone). "-

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