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how long is the average life span of a person with spina Bifida?

Question:
I recently startede seeing a guy with Spina Bifida.

My mother seems very narrow minded and tells me not to go out with him. She says people with Spina Bifida have a very short life span and can never have children etc.

Does anyone have any factual information on this. I don't mind if he can not have children but how long is the average life span of a person with spina Bifida?


Answer:
Life span depends a lot on how well he maintains himself. If he keeps his weight in check, is eating right, exercising and monitoring his kidneys etc. there is no reason he shouldn't have a normal life span. The oldest person I know with Spina Bifida is about 60 but that has more to do with where medical science was in the 40's and 50's.



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