A Baby Girl (Audrina Cardenas) Born with her Heart outside

Audrina Cardenas, a baby girl who was born October 15, 2012, with a rare genetic deformity known as "ectopia cordis", in which part of the heart grows outside the chest. This condition affect for one person out of 8 million people in the world and nine patients out of 10 patients who affected this condition was dying in birth or after the first three days of birth.

Audrina with breastplate

Audrina, girl with her heart outside

But showing a miracle this baby girl survived after the unbelievable six-hour, open-heart surgery the day after Audrina's delivery conducted by multidisciplinary team of surgeons in Texas Children's Hospital,  where they reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for the one-third of her heart that was outside of her body.

Audrina wearing a pink chest shield made by doctors because the heart doesn’t protected by the breastplate and surrounding tissue and exposed to the outside world is very vulnerable to infections.
Cardenas's mother Ashley Cardenas told that she knew about her daughter's condition when she was 16 weeks pregnant.

Doctor inspecting Audrina
Audrina, the baby with her heart outside

"They gave me the option to terminate the pregnancy, continue with the pregnancy and do something called comfort care at the time of delivery, where instead of doing anything painful to her or do surgery they let you spend as much time with her until she passes, or opt for a high-risk surgery to help repair the heart. As soon as I made my decision to continue with the pregnancy, the physicians in Midland referred me to Texas Children's Hospital where a team of miracle workers provided the specialized treatment and care my baby and I both needed," she said. Further she articulated her gratitude for the team of doctors that worked determinedly to save her daughter's life.

Audrina Smiling

This was a one incredible medical miracle happened in the world so far. You can see video of the baby's heart beating here.

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