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Baby was born with her heart outside body - and survived

Sun Online Desk     14th December, 2017 01:17:54 printer

Baby was born with her heart outside body - and survived

Minutes after her birth, Vanellope's chest was covered with a sterile bag to keep her heart moist and reduce the risk of infection

 

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

 

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by Caesarean section.

 

She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest.

 

The condition, ectopia cordis, is extremely rare, with only a few cases per million births, of which most are stillborn.

 

The hospital says it knows of no other case in the UK where the baby has survived.

 

Her parents, Naomi Findlay, 31, and Dean Wilkins, 43, from Nottingham, paid for a blood test which showed there were no chromosomal abnormalities and that made them determined to continue with the pregnancy.

 

There were around 50 medical staff present including obstetricians, heart surgeons, anaesthetists, neonatologists and midwives.

 

Within 50 minutes of birth, the baby was undergoing the first of three operations to put her heart back inside the body.

 

In the most recent surgery, Vanellope's own skin was used to cover the hole in her chest.

 

The next step is to take her off a ventilator, which is being used to aid her recovery from surgery, reports BBC.

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