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Surgeons hold the tiny hand of Roberto Rodriguez Jr. while he
is still in his mother's womb. Roberto was the Center for Fetal
Diagnosis and Treatment's first fetal surgery patient.

Surgeons perform a delicate procedure to repair spina bifida. Fetal
surgeons open the mother's uterus and close the opening in the
baby's back while still in the womb.

Roberto Rodriguez Jr. at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's annual
Fetal Family Reunion. Roberto was the first ever fetal surgery patient
at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1995, he underwent a
prenatal procedure to remove a lung lesion.

N. Scott Adzick, MD, Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia's Surgeon in Chief, with Roberto
Rodriguez Jr., the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and
Treatment's first fetal surgery patient.

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