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Spina bifida is the most common birth defect causing life-long disability in North America. Spina bifida is a condition in which the spina and spinal canal do not fully close before birth, resulting in permanent damage to the spinal cord. Many years ago, only 10% of babies with spina bifida survived their first year, but today with research and advances in medical technology, 90% survive and thrive! More than 80% of individuals with spina bifida also have hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain. Join us as we take a glimpse into the lives of six individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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