What is Anencephaly?
Anencephaly is a severe neural tube defect where the “cephalic” or head end of the neural tube fails to close around the 3rd and 4th weeks of pregnancy. This results in the absence of a major portion of the brain, usually the forebrain and cerebrum (the portions of the brain responsible for thinking and cognition.) The remaining brain tissue is often exposed, not covered by bone or skin. Most babies with this genetic disorder do not survive and those that do are usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain.
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