A child born with a brain outside the skull is another miracle.
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A newborn girl who was born with a part of the brain outside the skull surprised doctors, who were confident that a child with such a pathology could not survive.
No one expected Vera Martin, now three months old, to be able to breathe on her own after birth.
During an ultrasound scan at the 17th week of pregnancy at Middlesbrough University Hospital, parents learned that their unborn child has a rare disease - encephalocele. Encephalocele or cranial hernia is a defect characterized by hernial protrusion of the brain and / or its membranes through a defect in the bones of the skull. This occurs when the neural tube, the precursor of the central nervous system in the embryo, which includes the brain and spinal cord, does not close completely during fetal maturation.
Her mother, Jessica Williams, who already has one-year-old son Logan, said: “When I went to the first ultrasound, the doctors said that the child had a problem. We didn’t know what to think.We were told that the bones of the skull did not converge and there was a hole on the back of it. "
Since, in most cases, children with this malformation do not survive, and the survivors remain with lifelong brain damage and also suffer from other neurological problems, many parents prefer to terminate the pregnancy.
“The doctor who watched me said that the child was likely to be disabled. We were told that the part of the brain that controls the respiratory activity suffered,” the mother continues.
After consulting with the doctors, the parents decided to leave the child. The counselor from the hospital in Newcastle instilled hope in them. To avoid damage to the protrusion, Williams planned to have a baby with a caesarean section. However, due to the fact that the waters moved early, the operation had to be abandoned.
As her mother recalls, immediately after giving birth, her daughter cried, like all children, but a couple of minutes later she gave a completely unusual cry. Four days after the birth, Vera was given an MRI, the results of which were not encouraging. In addition, the hernia grew, and by December it reached 21 centimeters in diameter, despite the fact that at birth it did not exceed 6 cm.
January 10, when the girl was three months old, she underwent surgery. Surgeons removed the protruding portion, which contained brain fluid and dead brain tissue.