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Baby with protruding heart dies

The infant who was born with his heart protruding out of the chest and was operated upon by doctors at AIMS,died here on Wednesday.

The infant who was born with his heart protruding out of the chest and was operated upon by doctors at AIMS,died here on Wednesday. The 22-day-old baby suffered from a very rare congenital anomaly called Ectopia Cordis a birth defect wherein the heart is abnormally located. It either protrudes outside the chest through a split sternum.

After undergoing a surgery on September 3 wherein doctors had successfully put his protruding heart inside,he was shifted to the ICU. His condition was stable but critical.

“The baby had developed pneumonia and suffered multiple organ failure,” a doctor with the hospital said. According to child surgeons at the hospital,till now,nobody with such a condition has survived for so many days like this baby has.

Born on 26 August,this newborn was brought to the hospital by his father,Chandar Majhi,who hail from Bihar,wrapped in a towel with his heart protruding from the chest.

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“He was brought to the hospital on afternoon of August 28. He had developed infection by then as he was exposed to outside elements during his night-long train journey,” the doctor said.

First published on: 16-09-2009 at 03:07:38 pm
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