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Zay undergoes fetal surgery to repair severe spina bifida before his birth

Trish, Jay and their two kids, including toddler Zay, are a military family. The Maryland-based couple’s connection to the Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota, started in 2021, far from the Twin Cities. That’s when the then-expecting Trish went in for her first anatomy scan sonogram at her local doctor’s office.

“The sonographer could not get a picture of his lower spine,” Trish recalled.

Trish soon got another anatomy scan and a call from her midwife that evening. At that moment, Trish learned her unborn child had spina bifida, a condition that meant baby Zay’s spine was not forming properly in the womb.

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