To The Editor:
October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Spina bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect, affecting about one out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States.
What is spina bifida? It’s a birth defect that results in the spinal cord protruding from a baby’s back. The back can be surgically closed before or after birth, but damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), bowel and bladder issues, and other challenges.