Driscoll to host Spina Bifida Conference

The 2017 Coastal Bend Spina Bifida Conference will be held at Driscoll Children’s Hospital on Saturday, April 29, to educate people about this complex disability.

Sponsored by Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Spina Bifida Texas, the conference will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Driscoll Children’s Hospital auditorium, and will feature Driscoll physicians and other healthcare officials.

Spina bifida is a birth defect in which a developing baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. There is neither a single cause of spina bifida nor any known way to prevent it entirely. However, physicians say if every woman between the ages of 15 and 44 were to take 400 mcg of folic acid every day, the incidence of spina bifida would be reduced by up to 70 percent.

The conference is being held for persons affected by spina bifida and the people who care for them: adults, parents, physicians, nurse, physical and occupational therapists, teachers, social workers, counselors and caregivers.

“We hope many families can attend this special once-a-year conference. It will be productive for the families, patients and siblings,” said Leon I. Smith-Harrison, MD, a Pediatric Urologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital who will be one of the speakers. “Everything you ever wanted to know about spina bifida will be discussed. Come spend your Saturday learning about things that could help you and your child for a lifetime.”

For more information, call 210-826-7289.