Miracle Medicine: Inter-uterine surgery for spina bifida

ABC's Lana Zak follows a courageous girl as she learns to walk, dance.
1:33 | 02/21/19

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What you're witnessing is a modern medical miracle. And Lee Miller is well. Four years ago Jenny Andrew Miller received a stunning diagnosis. Who is in tears and anxious had spine of if it and I just remember being like a have no idea what's kind of it. But at that time the doctors at the Mayo Clinic had begun performing revolutionary. Open fetal surgery to improve the prognosis for babies diagnosed with spinal bifida. And so before her baby was even born Cheney underwent a groundbreaking inner uterine procedure. Her abdomen is opened once the babies back is brought up to that opening in the uterus then we. Repairs. Despite a definite effect. It is a complicated delicate surgery in this case the opening was so large that doctors use the patch from a cow's heart to try and protect the baby's delicate spying. And then for the next three months everyone prayed at the. Patch killed Jennifer actually invite down here in the operating room to see the moment her child is born now will learn how successful that's her dream really was. There are. The new team was grilled the beautiful baby girl named Hadley. We were cautioned then that the surgery is not a cure for spine of this and had they would still have a long road ahead. The talking to the village today. He goes. And every Monday and she answered that other preschoolers. We know it's a road that she intends to travel with her own two feet. On a sack ABC news Washington.

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