Help make a difference
Working with those in Sussex who have spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus to create and develop their best opportunities.
Welcome to the official web site for SASBAH, which was formed in 1965 in response to the growing demand for support services for those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Spina bifida occurs very early in pregnancy. It is a defect in the development of the spine, when one or more vertebrae fail to close properly, leaving a gap. This can cause a degree of paralysis below the defect and often results in severe walking difficulties.
Hydrocephalus is caused by an excess of cerebro- spinal fluid in the head, Excessive swelling can cause accelerated growth of a baby's head and damage to the brain. Resulting problems include learning, communicating and co-ordination.