Paul decided he would need to live an exemplary life to compensate for his brother s illness. Spina bifida is a birth defect that affects the spine.
Robert hensel was also born with spina bifida.
Born with spina bifida. Spina bifida occulta the most common form meningocele and myelomeningocele the most severe form. Read below for the latest national statistics on spina bifida in the united states. In the united states each year about 1 427 babies are born with spina bifida or 1 in every 2 758 births.
An estimated 166 000 individuals with spina bifida live in the united states. It s when the spinal cord brain or meninges their protective covering does not completely. She is a world renowned athlete who is also making an impact as a professional speaker.
Tanni grey thompson was born with spina bifida. Many babies born with spina bifida get hydrocephalus often called water on the brain. Spina bifida can range from mild to severe depending on the type of defect size location and complications.
Spina bifida is when a baby s spine and spinal cord does not develop properly in the womb causing a gap in the spine. Jean driscoll jean was born with spina bifida a birth defect that resulted in the improper development of her spine. As part of setting his record robert hensel raised money for wheelchair ramps throughout oswego new york.
Spina bifida is defined as a birth defect in which there is incomplete closing of the spine and the membranes around the spinal cord during early development in pregnancy. There are three main types. It is the most common neural tube defect in the united states affecting 1 500 to 2 000 of the more than 4 million babies born in the country each year.
It occurs during development prior to birth. In babies with spina bifida a portion of the neural tube doesn t close or develop properly causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine. Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect.
His brother robert was born with spina bifida and suffered life threatening illnesses as a child. He is a guinness world records holder for the longest non stop wheelie in a wheelchair covering a total distance of 6 178 miles. Spina bifida is what is known as a neural tube defect.
The neural tube is the structure that eventually develops into the baby s brain and spinal cord. When a baby is born with open spina bifida in which the spinal cord is exposed myelomeningocele doctors will perform surgery to close it before birth or within the first few days of the baby s life.