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Nurses Review Recent Advances of Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

In the August 2012 issue of the AORN Journal, CFDT nurses reviewed advances in the field of fetal medicine.

August 13, 2012 Highlights the Future of Fetal Surgery

Advances in fetal therapy are giving hope to more babies like Addison, now 5, who underwent fetal surgery at CHOP for a life-threatening chest mass.

July 16, 2012
Series on Prenatal Spina Bifida Surgery from

Doctors from the CFDT are featured in a five part series about advancements in fetal surgery with a focus on fetal surgery for spina bifida.

July 10, 2012
CHOP's First Fetal Surgery Patient Turns 16

Roberto Rodriguez, Jr.'s 1995 lung lesion surgery was the first-ever fetal surgery at CHOP. Now he’s 16 and an aspiring baseball player.

June 26, 2012
CHOP Celebrates 16th Fetal Surgery Family Reunion

Over 1,300 people from 18 states across the country gathered to celebrate the 16th Annual Fetal Family Reunion at the CFDT.

June 24, 2012
Fetal Surgery Is Coming of Age

Maternal-fetal care is entering a new era. Highly sophisticated surgical teams now repair spina bifida and other birth defects in the womb.

June 6, 2012
CHOP Celebrates 1000 Deliveries in Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit

Less than four years after opening the world’s first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, CHOP celebrates 1,000 deliveries.

April 16, 2012
Special Delivery Milestone Celebrated in Philadelphia

CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit, the first facility designed for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, marks a milestone.

April 12, 2012
The Philadelphia Tribune Follows Family’s Fetal Surgery Story

Tiersa Cross wanted her daughter to have the best life possible, so she chose to undergo fetal surgery when she was just 24 weeks pregnant.

February 21, 2012
New Educational Video About Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

The CFDT’s educational video was created for both medical professionals and families coping with this difficult diagnosis.

October 19, 2011

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