Brain damage can be fatal or result in Mild or severe disability, Mental retardation , Seizures and paralysis., while spinal cord defects result in Paralysis , Incontinence and loss of sensation of various part of body.
What a horrible situation for a mother after giving birth to a live new born , but having defects that too of Brain and Spinal Cord.
Usually these defects can occur early or in late foetal development. Typical Symptoms after birth are Intellectual disability , Paralysis , Incontinence.
The diagnosis can only be confirmed by CT Scan or MRI.
Some defects can be repaired surgically , but Brain and Spinal Cord damage is permanent.
Neural tube defects develops with in first week of pregnancy ., others such as Proencephaly and hydranencephaly develope late in pregnancy.
Many of the Brain and spinal cord defects results in visible abnormality in the Head or Back.
Then only parents starts worrying and take the advice of doctors , but cost of treatment is beyond the middle class families, in contrast Chances of Morbidity and Mortality, can not be ruled out.