SECTIONS• WHAT IS SPINA BIFIDA?• LIPO-MYELOMENINGOCELE (LMM)• ABOUT CHLOE• HER BOOK
What is Spina Bifida?• Spina Bifida literallymeans “split spine.”• Spina Bifida happenswhen a baby is in thewomb and the spinalcolumn does not close allof the way.• Spina Bifida is a relativelycommon condition, whichaffects about one in every1000 children born peryear in Ireland.
LIPO-MYELOMENINGOCELE• Lipomyelomeningocele (LMM) is the leastservere form of Myelomeningocele.• LMM is an abnormal fat accumulation that startsbelow the skin and extends through an openingin the spine to the spinal cord.• The attachment of the fat to the spinal cord(tethering) may require surgery to release thetethering to the fatty mass especially duringgrowth spurts will reduce the fatty mass.
ABOUT CHLOE• Chloe Joanne OSullivanwas born on 1st ofSeptember 2005.• Doctors diagnosed herwith Spina Bifida andindicated that she mightbe confined to awheelchair and couldhave diminished mentalcapabilities.• Chloe was crawling at 10months.
HER BOOK• “THE FAIRY WHOWAS DIFFERENT”• CLIPPED WING• ENABLE IRELAND• LISTOWELWRITERS WEEK2012
• Each Saturday Easonshave a book reading intheir shop in Tralee toencourage reading.• The Book Managerorganised for ChloesBook to feature.