Miracle baby born with heart outside body due to extremely rare condition

Miracle baby born with heart outside body due to extremely rare condition

Miracle baby born with heart outside body due to extremely rare condition

She has ectopia cordis, a rare condition in which the heart is "abnormally located either partially or totally outside of the chest", according to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England, where Vanellope was born and where she is being treated.

Doctor's told the parents the first ten minutes of Vanellope's life on earth would be the most crucial. It showed the baby's heart and part of her stomach were growing on the outside of her body.

Fifty minutes later, Vanellope was deemed stable enough to undergo a series of surgeries with 50 anaesthetists, heart surgeons, and paediatricians, who put her heart most of the way back inside her chest.

Her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, discovered the news at a nine-week scan.

Vanellope had been expected on Christmas eve however was conveyed by Cesarean area on 22 November keeping in mind the end goal to lessen the odds of disease and harm to the heart.

In the latest surgery, Vanellope's own skin was utilized to cover the opening in her chest.

After a series of operations including one within an hour of her birth, she is now recovering. She said: "When Naomi was 13 weeks pregnant I received a call about the potential complications that had been identified by a sonographer in Nottingham".

According to the Guardian, babies born with ectopia cordis, estimated to be one in five to eight per million, have less than a 10% chance of survival.

Vanellope Hope Wilkins might be the first in the United Kingdom to survive after being born with her heart outside of her body.

Dean Wilkins said: "She defying everything - it's beyond a miracle". "We had a little cry, didn't we?"

Findlay said she felt so relieved when Vanellope came out of the womb crying.

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Vanellope was wrapped in a plastic bag immediately after her birth.

East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre lead surgeon Branko Mimic was, however, pragmatic about the birth, saying that her case is very rare because everything else appears normal.

She additionally had surgery to put her heart back inside her chest and was sent home following three months. She did not have much time to see her newborn daughter, though.

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

Health Line website states that the condition affects about one in 126,000 births and treatment options are limited.

"Whilst therefore it would seem more hopeful she will do well, it is therefore nearly impossible to be confident of this", he said.

"I genuinely didn't think my baby would survive, but the staff at Glenfield have been awesome".

Findlay said the couple named their child after a character in the Disney film, "Wreck It Ralph".

Naomi stated: "Vanellope in the film is a genuine contender and toward the end transforms into a princess so we thought it was fitting".

She added: 'I had prepared myself for the worst - that was my way of dealing with it. "I felt hopeless and just held onto Naomi and was staring into her eyes praying that it was all going to be ok... twenty minutes went by and she was still shouting her head off - it made us so joyful and teary".

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