Anencephaly

Topics: Skull, Brain, Live birth Pages: 4 (642 words) Published: April 13, 2015

Anencephaly
Birth defects

Child development B2
Tyler Knight

Anencephaly
Anencephaly is a serious birth defect, where the babies brain and skull don't fully develop. The brain lacks part or all of the cerebrum, the area of the brain that is responsible for thinking, vision, hearing, touch, and movement. There is no bone covering over the back of the head and there may also be missing bones around the front and sides of the head. Leaving the brain exposed to the open air.

The life expectancy after birth is a couple hours, a few days in some rare cases. There are no treatments for Anencephaly, that has been successfully known as the cure for Anencephaly. There is one very rare case where the baby was born alive, and continued to get stronger each day like a normal baby, her name was Vitoria de Cristo, she was born in brazil, The parents found out that there child had Anencephaly, the doctors explained sat them down and continued to explain how their baby was not going to live. She had complications, her brain wasn't formed and was exposed. She stayed two days in the incubator and on her third she was already in her hospital bed, breathing by herself, starting to be bottle fed. Nevertheless, she couldn't leave the hospital. During those difficulties, however, she surprised everybody with her will to live and incredible want to recover. After four months at the hospital, there was the possibility of a surgery to reconstruct her cranium, which successfully took place on May 19, 2010. One month after that, Vitoria was finally released from the hospital and went home, healthy, breathing by herself, without the need of a feeding-tube, and full of life. This is the only case I could find of this happening.

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