Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal column does not close all the way, leaving a portion of the spine “open”, often protruding from the lower back. The nerves become damaged, and people with spina bifida usually have challenges related to mobility and often have bowel and bladder issues.
Our daughter, Eisley Mae, was born with spina bifida. She had surgery at 7 hours old to close the defect on her back, and is doing well. Doctors often give worst case scenarios or have no specifics as to how spina bifida will affect your child’s life and mobility, because each case is different. At 4 months old, Eisley is currently reaching all of her milestones on time, and has even started rolling over! She can move all the joints in her legs, including her toes, and we are very hopeful for her future.
For more information on Spina Bifida, you can visit the Spina Bifida Association.