What is Spina Bifida?

Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spinal cord has not been developed fully and where their may be an outside of the back that needs to be closed, as well. Th dictionary defines  spina bifida as "split" or "open" spine.

Spina bifida happens toward the end of the first month of pregnancy and in many instances is discovered by the doctor before the baby is born and can be treated.

What is This Site About?

There are many misconceptions about Spina Bifida and the quality of life to expect. My name is Caterina Christakos and I was born with this disease. Here I will explain what my parents and I were told about what to expect and what my life has actually been like. We will discuss the causes, the treatments and how to approach and enjoy life with this disease.



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This site is dedicated to giving you information on what Spina Bifida is,what causes it, what treatments are available and how to live a great life even if you are diagnosed.


What is Spina Bifida - the answer to this universal question

Spina Bifida Causes - Learn what some of the causes of Spina Bifida may be

Spina Bifida Life Expectancy - Learn how much the odds are improving

Spina Bifida Treatments - Learn what treatments are available

Local Spina Bifida Events in Orlando Florida

Dine 2 Redefine Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida will hold a fundraising event with fine Italian cuisine, wine and beer. Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States.

For tickets, contact Nicole at 407-902-3969.