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Toddler with spina bifida defies doctors as she learns how to walk – Wales Online

Wednesday, 16 March, 2022

Toddler with spina bifida defies doctors as she learns how to walk – Wales Online

Michelle said knowing her unborn baby was having surgery was 'the single most horrifying experience of my life' (Image: Michelle Bower/SWNS)

 
A toddler born with spina bifida, who underwent spinal surgery while still inside her mum's womb, has defied the odds and is now learning to walk. Lacey Grace Bower's parents, Michelle and Michael Bower, were urged to terminate her pregnancy when they received her diagnosis after her 20-week scan.
But they ignored the advice and the youngster is already defying her prognosis at just 19 months old – even learning to manoeuvre a custom tiny wheelchair. Michelle, 37, from West Lafayette, Indiana, said: “We met with the doctor right after the scan and heard the words ‘neural tube defect’, ‘lemon-shaped head’ and ‘spina bifida’ to describe our daughter for the first time. We were at a complete and total loss. The tears didn’t stop flowing for a couple of days.”
After trying for about two years to start a family, Michelle found out she was pregnant with Lacey on December 5, 2019 just before she left for a birthday party. “I took a test to determine whether or not I could have a few cocktails at the party,” she said.
Read more at: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/toddler-born-spina-bifida-who-23389323

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