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In a California hospital, a mother cares for her infant son suffering from spinal bifida. He wears an EEG (Electroencephalography) cap, connected by a thick strand of cables to a computer that monitors his condition. Spina bifida (Latin: split spine ) is a developmental birth defect resulting in an incomplete spinal cord. It is one of the most common birth defects, with an average worldwide incidence of 1-2 cases per 1000 births.
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