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Doctors use keyhole surgery to repair spine of spina bifida baby in UK first

Doctors use keyhole surgery to repair the bulging spine of a spina bifida baby while he was still in the WOMB during a three-hour operation in UK first

Keyhole surgery has been used to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while he was still in the womb for the first time in the UK. 

Medics at King’s College Hospital led the procedure to correct the defect in a baby being carried by a woman who was 27-weeks pregnant.

Sherrie Sharp, 29, refused to abort her son, Jaxson, when she discovered he had the defect at her 20-week scan.

Instead, she opted for the pioneering procedure, which took three hours to repair her unborn son’s bulging spine.

Sherrie Sharp, 29, refused to abort her son, Jaxson, when she discovered he had the defect at her 20-week scan

Instead, she opted for the pioneering procedure, which took three hours to repair her unborn son's bulging spine

Instead, she opted for the pioneering procedure, which took three hours to repair her unborn son’s bulging spine

Ms Sharp told the BBC: ‘I wanted to do the best for my baby, I wanted him to have a better life and there’s nothing wrong with that.’

The first-of-its-kind procedure undertaken in the UK comes as the NHS is preparing to start offering the standard op later this year.

In March, Bethan Simpson, 26, became only the fourth woman in Britain to have the groundbreaking surgery done on her child while the baby was in the womb.

However, her procedure involved surgeons opening opening the mother’s abdomen and uterus to perform the operation. 



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