Spina bifida: Olivia's story – Olivia Jackman was born in September with spina bifida, a type of neural tube birth defect. Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the vertebrae do not form completely around the spinal cord.
Spina bifida: Olivia's story – There is no cure for spina bifida, and treatment depends on the type and severity of the disorder, the NIH says.
Spina bifida: Olivia's story – Olivia is undergoing physical and occupational therapy and doing well, says her mother, Andrea Jackman.
Spina bifida: Olivia's story – Doctors are hopeful Olivia will walk with the assistance of leg braces when she gets older.
Spina bifida: Olivia's story – Olivia's mother says she is willing to work with Washington state epidemiologists investigating the cause of a cluster of birth defects such as her daughter's if it would prevent another family from having a baby with such defects.