When Darby, and her husband Brad, went in for a routine check-up at their family care provider in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the doctors diagnosed baby Muller with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when a section of the baby’s spinal column does not form properly and a gap appears.
When Declyn was diagnosed with spina bifida before birth, his prognosis was not good. Doctors told his parents that he would likely struggle to walk on his own, may need a shunt to treat hydrocephalus, and could have major problems with bladder and bowel function. Today, Declyn is 16 months old and the happiest baby you’ll ever meet. He’s learning to stand and crawl, and hopefully soon, he will be walking.
The spine surgery team at Children's Minnesota provides next-generation care to infants, children, and adolescents from throughout the Upper Midwest. Our goal is to provide your child with the best possible surgery experience.