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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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  • meriana
    by meriana
    January 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Amazing what they can do these days. In the picture she sure looks like a happy little girl.

  • jessilin0113
    January 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    What a cutie.  How wonderful she finally gets to go home. 

  • Sisteract
    January 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM


  • Whaaaaaa....O.o
    January 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM
    That is wonderful!! I can't imagine how relieved and happy mommy and daddy are. :)
  • jllcali
    by jllcali
    January 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM
    Awesome. Science is great.
  • pamelax3
    January 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    this is great

  • Ms.KitKat
    January 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

     She is a little fighter! It always amazes me- our medical technology.

  • Euphoric
    January 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM


  • AdellesMom
    January 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM
  • Allebas
    by Allebas
    January 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    WOW!!! I LOVE that we have the medical technology to perform these sorts of miracles!! :) SO HAPPY for this precious baby and her family!!

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