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Guatemala's spina bifida problem

Hertilia Cano, with her daughter Vanesa and baby, Dayana Sofia

Guatemala has one of the highest incidences of spina bifida in the world. Hertilia Cano's baby daughter has the condition which causes damage to the spinal cord and nerves.

Dr Graciela Mannucci, neurosurgeon

Dr Graciela Mannucci is a neurosurgeon who runs Central America's only specialised spina bifida clinic.

Dr Mannucci examines Dayana Sofia ahead of surgery

Some children may need operations to correct problems. Here Dr Mannucci examines Dayana Sofia ahead of surgery.

Maria Ciriaca Marroquin (right) with her mother

Maria Ciriaca Marroquin (right) is the local midwife for Buena Vista near Antigua, in Guatemala. Maria took part in a pilot study to train midwives to respond to babies born with the condition

Junior Fernandez being fitted for a wheelchair

Junior Hernandez also has spina bifida. Here he is being fitted for his first wheelchair at the Transitions workshop in Antigua.

Junior with his mother Melida (right), and Alex and Hugo, two of Transitions' founders

The Transitions Foundation provides rehabilitation, vocational and educational training to disabled people.

Victoria Sandoval, one of the founders of the Guatemalan Association of Spina Bifida

Victoria Sandoval is one of the founders of the Guatemalan Association of Spina Bifida.




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