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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Bristol Heller's risky prenatal surgery for spina bifida was only the 200th such procedure performed at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the first involving a family from Hawaii.
COURTESY THE HELLER FAMILY Bristol Heller met Adam John Luke, who also has spina bifida, during a visit to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a reunion of patients treated at the facility’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.
COURTESY THE HELLER FAMILY The Heller family, from left, Wade, Bristol, Lucas, Maddox and Lindsay celebrated Bristol’s “butt birthday” with a special cake in December. That was the day her backside made its appearance outside the womb during a prenatal surgery for spina bifida.