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Miracle Baby Born With Her Heart Outside Her Chest

Miracle Baby Born With Her Heart Outside Her Chest
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Audrena Cardenas was born with an extremely rare medical condition in Houston, Texas, USA. One-third of her heart was outside her chest (Ectopia Cordis) at the time of her birth. After open-heart and reconstruction surgeries, Audrena’s parents were allowed to take their baby doll home after three and a half months. Miracle baby she is!      

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Her medical condition is extremely rare and fatal as well.

Her medical condition is extremely rare and fatal as well.

Only 8 in one million babies are born with Ectopia Cordis, and 90 percent of them fail to survive within 72 hours of birth.

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Audrena's condition was discovered when her 25-year-old mother Ashley was 16 weeks pregnant.

Audrena's condition was discovered when her 25-year-old mother Ashley was 16 weeks pregnant.

She defied all odds and survived after the surgery. Indeed a miracle baby!

She defied all odds and survived after the surgery. Indeed a miracle baby!

She will be monitored time to time as her heart will also grow with the rest of her body. A few plastic surgeries are also planned to make her body grow as that of a normal baby's.

Doctors had to rush her for an open-heart surgery within 24 hours of her birth.

Doctors had to rush her for an open-heart surgery within 24 hours of her birth.

They created a cavity to fit her tiny heart and covered it with skin taken from other parts of her body.

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Baby Audrena has to wear a protective shield around her body to keep her heart safe.

Baby Audrena has to wear a protective shield around her body to keep her heart safe.

"It's a blessing to be able to say that we're finally going home."

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