Many people associate October with autumn, pumpkins, changing leaves, and Halloween. But here at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, when October rolls around, something else also comes to mind: National Spina Bifida Awareness Month. During this time, it’s an opportunity to learn about Spina Bifida and celebrate those living with this condition.
Spina bifida occurs in the first month of pregnancy, when the embryo’s spinal cord doesn’t develop properly. In mild cases, a child might not experience symptoms. In more severe cases, a baby might be born with part of the spinal cord outside the body, causing physical effects that can last a lifetime.
At Gillette, we provide services that directly help with the effects caused by spina bifida. Some of those include assistive technology, rehabilitation therapies, and therapeutic recreation. Because the condition lasts a lifetime, Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare enables people who have spina bifida to receive care after age 18.
Recently, we’ve expanded our ability to care for people who have spina bifida by starting a Spina Bifida Clinic in Minnetonka, Minn. On the third Tuesday of each month at Gillette’s Minnetonka Clinic, patients can see specialty doctors in one location all on the same day. Specialists in neurosurgery, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics and urology see patients there.
So this October, while you’re raking leaves, carving a pumpkin, or filling up your candy bucket, take a second to think of people who are living with spina bifida. Join us at Gillette in celebrating the accomplishments and successes throughout their lifetimes!