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Baby born with heart outside of body leaves hospital
January 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM


Baby born with heart outside of body finally leaves hospital

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    Five-week-old Audrina Cardenas, born with her heart on the outside of her body, survived after doctors at a Texas hospital performed a life-saving surgery. (Houston Children’s Hospital)

A baby girl who was born with her heart on the outside of her body, was finally able to leave the hospital after more than four months, the Houston Chronicle said.

Audrina Cardenas was discharged Wednesday from the Texas Children’s Hospital after doctors checked out her protective heart shield and deemed her ready to go.

Click for pictures of Audrina.

Audrina, who was born Oct. 15 of last year with ectopia cordis, had to undergo a six-hour open heart surgery at 1-day-old, so that doctors could “fashion” a cavity, fit the heart and then take skin from other parts of her body to cover it.

About eight in 1 million babies are born with this rare, but life-threatening condition, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Ashley Cardenas, Audrina’s mother, discovered her baby’s condition during her second trimester during an ultrasound. Audrina will join her twin siblings at home.

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  • taniamorse85
    January 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    She is too cute!  I'm glad she's doing well enough to go home.

    January 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

     My son had day surgery at Texas Children's today! If you know a family that the child has a bad heart contact Texas Childrens. There is a mechanical pump they can put in while waiting for a donor. Texas Childrens also does in utero surgery for spina bifida.. If you know a child saverly affected by siezures. Siezures can also kill. Contact Texas Childrens, They are doing amazing sugery regarding siezures. Child with Fragil X? Contact Texas Childrens. Leukemia? This is important. Texas Children's if you want a SECOND opinion, you fly in with your child and they will work with your doctor in another state to help set the protocol for treatment. Your work as a parent is if your facility WON"T allow this, I would question " Why?" A lady in California dumped a hospital, put her son under the care of another facility. This facility was Thrilled to work with Texas Childrens. Her son was in remission in December. In  a year she did self pay and flew her and her son in twice in a year. 

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