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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is a congenital disability that occurs when the spinal cord, comprised of nerves and fluid, doesn’t form correctly during pregnancy and presents outside of a child’s body. The more severe spina bifida cases can cause issues like lack of bladder control, leg paralysis, walking or mobility problems, orthopedic complications, and hydrocephalus.

What issues do children with Spina Bifida face?



What makes spina bifida life-threatening are the spinal nerves and tissues exposed, leaving the baby vulnerable to infections. The more severe spina bifida cases can include orthopedic complications and hydrocephalus.



Children and their families often experience discrimination, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.



Children may experience a delay in meeting milestones like sitting, mobility, and challenges with bladder control.

How does Spina Bifida surgery change a
child’s life?

Surgery closes the wound and prevents infection, preserving the spinal cord and nerves that are exposed outside of the body.

Hope is restored as children and families are welcomed back into the community.

With physical and educational therapies, children can attend school and participate in community life.

Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda


Mariam was referred to CURE Uganda soon after birth to treat her spina bifida. Surgery was successful, and she can look forward to a bright future full of meeting milestones, learning to walk, and going to school!

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