Baby born with heart outside of it's body...

  1. Baby With Heart Outside Body Has Surgery

    By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press Writer

    1 hour ago
    MIAMI - Using a piece of Gore-Tex fabric to make their repairs, doctors performed corrective surgery on a baby born with his heart outside his chest, and said Wednesday that the youngster should be able to lead a close-to-normal life.
    He remained in critical but stable condition Wednesday.
    "He's not going to be able to play certain kinds of sports where a blow to the sternum to you and me wouldn't be a problem, but in him it would be. So I think some competitive sports are going to be out," said Dr. Eliot Rosenkranz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, "but he's going to be able to participate in other sorts of activities."
    During the six-hour operation, surgeons first wrapped Naseem's heart in Gore-Tex, then a layer of his own skin, to substitute for his missing pericardium, the sac that encloses the heart. The heart was then slowly eased inside his chest.

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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    This is wonderful. Truly something to be thankful for!
  4. by   walkingrock
    Amazing! I've never heard of such a thing in my 27+ years in NICU.

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