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Spina Bifida. Nick Smith EDUC 263 Dr. Korrine Gust. Quick Facts About Spina Bifida. An estimated 70,000 people in the United States are currently living with spina bifida The most common permanently disabling birth defect. 

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spina bifida

Spina Bifida

Nick Smith

EDUC 263

Dr. Korrine Gust

quick facts about spina bifida
Quick Facts About Spina Bifida
  • An estimated 70,000 people in the United States are currently living with spina bifida
  • The most common permanently disabling birth defect. 
  • Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that happens in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn’t close completely.
  • Everyday, an average of 8 babies are affected by Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine
challenges
Challenges
  • The effects of Spina Bifida are different for every person.  Up to 90 percent of children with the worst form of Spina Bifida have hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and must have  surgery to insert a “shunt” that helps drain the fluid—the shunt stays in place for the lifetime  of the person. 
  • Other conditions include:
  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Bladder and bowel control difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • Depression
  • Latex allergy
  • Social issues.
the hope of living a normal life
The Hope of Living a Normal Life
  • Thanks to new medical treatments and technology, most people born with Spina Bifida can expect to live a normal life. 
  • People with Spina Bifida have many special challenges because of their birth defect, but their condition does not define who they are. 
  • People with Spina Bifida have careers, get married and have children just like people who don’t have Spina Bifida.
  • Source: Spina Bifida Association of America
    • www.sbaa.org
my firsthand experiences
My Firsthand Experiences
  • Knew I was different growing up
  • Wondered why I was different
  • Prejudice
  • Determination
  • Hard work
  • Advice