Brisbane doctors in first for pre-birth operations

BRISBANE doctors have successfully performed an Australian-first spinal operation on an unborn baby.

On Saturday, surgeons at the Mater Hospital operated on a 24-week-old with spina bifida in its mother's womb.

Usually the surgery is performed after the child is born.

"The surgery went as well as we could have hoped and both mother and baby are doing well," Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine director Dr Glenn Gardener said yesterday.

Spina bifida involves the vertebrae in the spine not closing, leading to the spinal cord and nerves being exposed.



REVEALED: Details of 100+ house fires to burn in Ipswich

Premium Content REVEALED: Details of 100+ house fires to burn in Ipswich

Most house fires sparked in one particular room

Art champion gets top honour for tireless contribution

Premium Content Art champion gets top honour for tireless contribution

He is the driving force behind the dedicated group’s use of art to strengthen...

Teens on the run after joyride, ditching stolen car

Premium Content Teens on the run after joyride, ditching stolen car

Up to four teenagers are believed to have fled after ditching a stolen vehicle