Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bennett :: Child with Spina Bifida

Bennett is 8 months old. He sits independently, puts every toy in his mouth, laughs when you say “boo”, smiles at his big brother, waves and says “haaa” for “hi”, hates tummy time, and loves our dogs! He was born with spina bifida(myelomeningocele) at lesion level L5/S1. He had back closure surgery the day he was born, and had a shunt placed at 6 days old. He went to the doctor a lot those first few months. We had a lot of stressful, frightening days with the diagnosis at 18 weeks pregnant and during the NICU stay and surgeries, but life is back to normal now. Bennett is a happy, sweet, perfect little boy! I know that we will face some challenges along the way, but we are just trying to take everything one day at a time. And today is looking pretty good! Everyone has some type of challenges in life, and we are going to try to be thankful as much as possible because we are so lucky to have each other!

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Thank you for sharing Bennett's story Mel! If you or your child has Spina Bifida, and you would like to share your story, please email me at contact (at)!

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