His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has praised the efforts of medical staff in Dubai for performing a groundbreaking surgery in the region.

The Crown Prince of Dubai visited Latifa Hosptial in Dubai to meet the medical team which completed a rare surgery to correct a spinal defect of an unborn baby.

“I am proud to see this inspiring team bring hope and relief to an Emirati family preparing to welcome their healthy child,” Sheikh Hamdan said in a statement on Twitter.


“Our expert Emirati medical talents continue to uplift our confidence in our healthcare services. To all our medical & nursing staff, you are extremely valued… Thank you for your tireless efforts.

“The health and happiness of our society is in your hands.”

The surgery was performed on a 25-week-old foetus and its mother after the baby was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, which is a form of Spina bifida.

The six-hour surgery will hopefully help improve the unborn baby’s cognitive function and lower limb function.

This type of surgery is region’s first-ever foetal corrective surgery, according to Sheikh Hamdan.

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