A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”.

Bethan Simpson, 26, from Essex, was told her daughter Elouise had spina bifida at her 20-week scan and was advised to terminate the pregnancy.

However, she opted for pioneering “foetal repair” surgery, which has only been carried out on a few UK women.

Two-week-old Elouise “shows no signs” of the condition, her mother said.

The “very hungry” newborn is back at the family’s Burnham-on-Crouch home, as the Daily Mail first reported.

Mrs Simpson underwent a four-hour operation during which her womb was opened and her baby’s bottom exposed, allowing surgeons to “sew up” a tiny gap in Elouise’s lower spine.

She and husband Kieron were advised to terminate

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