Myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida): Jarrett’s Story

Kerri tells her story about delivering her son Jarrett in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at CHOP,after he was diagnosed in utero with spina bifida.

jarrettMy son Jarrett was born in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) on April 20, 2009. 

Jarrett was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, at 20 weeks gestation. He was operated on after birth to repair the area around his spinal cord.

Today, Jarrett is 2 years old and getting ready to walk! He actively stands on his own, crawls and can walk side to side with assistance.

Without the SDU and the incredible doctors and nurses, our miracle would not have been possible. The nurses were great and took excellent care of me and always wanted updates from me about Jarrett while he was in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU).

Whenever we are at CHOP for an appointment, we visit the SDU first! I felt so at home there and feel blessed to call everyone there a friend.

By Kerri, April 2012