London - A mom-to-be has told how her unborn baby had a groundbreaking procedure in the womb to treat spina bifida.
Bethan Simpson, 26, is just the fourth British patient to undergo the surgery to help stop their child having life-long disabilities.
A team of experts cut open her womb so they could reach her child’s defective spinal cord and help protect it from damage during pregnancy.
Simpson, who is due to give birth to a girl in April, urged parents in the same position to consider surgery rather than having an abortion.
"Sadly, 80 percent of babies in England are terminated when their parents get told their baby has this condition," she said. "It’s not a death sentence. She has the same potential as every one of us.