March 12, 2013 — Today, fetal surgery is a standard of care for treating babies prenatally diagnosed with myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida. But when Noah Kipfmiller, CHOP’s first fetal surgery for spina bifida patient, was treated at CHOP in 1998, he was one of the first patients to undergo this groundbreaking treatment.
These medical breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without the courage of families like the Kipfmillers who led the way. Thanks to all who have helped make these new standards of care a reality for patients today and in the future. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a story about Noah’s experience and the advances in fetal surgery.
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Spina bifida: Promise and limits of fetal surgery."