Can a baby have no brain?
Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.
It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD).
As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube)..
Do babies with anencephaly ever survive?
Several studies have reported anencephaly to be 100% lethal in the first year of life. Others reported 100% fetal demise within the first several days to weeks. There have been few case reports of anencephalic infants with prolonged survival.
Can you live without a brain?
Since it controls vital functions such as breathing, swallowing, digestion, eye movement and heartbeat, there can be no life without it. But the rest of the brain is obviously capable of some remarkable feats, with one part able to compensate for deficiencies in another.
What are the chances of having another baby with anencephaly?
Which children are at risk for anencephaly? Once a child with a neural tube defect has been born in the family, the chance that this problem will happen in another child rises to 1 in 25. The type of neural tube defect can differ the second time. For example, one baby could be born with anencephaly.