October 26, 2020

Daughter’s diagnosis leads mom to become a spina bifida champion

Written by: Kim Kham, UT Physicians Lisa Laurenzo’s first trimester started off normal, just like any other pregnancy. However in 2010, two days before Christmas, her OB-GYN noticed something concerning during her 20-week ultrasound. To pinpoint the condition, additional bloodwork was…


June 19, 2017

A surgeon’s secret: As she operated on babies’ birth defects, a doctor hid her own diagnosis

HOUSTON — For many years, Dr. Mary Austin could count on one hand the people who knew. There was her close friend through middle school, who helped her pee by pushing on her lower abdomen. Years later, during her surgical…


July 15, 2014

Spina Bifida Patient Celebrates 3rd Birthday

Picture the bounciest, bubbliest 3-year-old you can imagine. Her songs and dance moves come straight from Beyoncé. She loves bright colors and runs to the mirror to check every outfit. She has the attitude of an actress, the energy of…


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