Baby born with heart outside body survives surgery

Baby born with heart outside body survives surgery

Baby born with heart outside body survives surgery

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived surgery to insert it back into her chest.

The baby who now three weeks old, was delivered by a team of 50 medical professionals at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK, on November 22.

This rare condition in which the heart is grown outside the body is called Ectopia Cordis.

The baby is now on the road to recovery.

"I burst into tears", Ms Findlay said of being told about her daughter's chances for survival. "I genuinely didn't think my baby would survive, but the staff at Glenfield have been incredible".

According to Dr. Frances Bu'Lock, consultant in pediatric cardiology at Glenfield Hospital, Vanellope was the first baby to survive the operation in UK.

Branko Mimic, the lead surgeon at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, said: "Cases such as Vanellope's, where everything else appears essentially normal, are even rarer, and whilst it would seem more hopeful she will do well, it is therefore nearly impossible to be confident of this".

The baby was born on November 22 with a rare condition in which her heart was outside her body.

Bu'Lock, who had fears that Vanellope might not survived, described the surgery a 'challenging one'.

Naomi and Dean received counseling throughout the process. It has been reported that it took a team of 50 doctors to deliver the baby. The pregnant mother was given a caesarean in order to avoid causing any injury to the baby's heart and once delivered she was placed in a sterile plastic bag in order to reduce infection risk. "She cried at birth and coped well with the early stabilization and her heart continued to beat effectively", said Glenfield Consultant Neonatologist Jonathan Cusack.

To correct the condition the team of surgeons put the baby girl through three intensive surgeries to put her heart inside her chest.

Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body.

Naomi Findlay in a statement on Tuesday said: "I had prepared myself for the worst; that was my way of dealing with it". The parents of Vanellope were literally confused when they saw an unusual growth in her developing body.