At only five weeks old, Audrina Cardenas already has a lot to be thankful for. Audrina, who was born with her heart outside her chest, a very rare diagnosis known as ectopia cordis, is currently recovering at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She received a life-saving surgery five weeks ago to repair her heart and has defied the odds and is doing very well. Only eight per one million babies are born with ectopia cordis, a rare congenital malformation where the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside the chest. Of those eight, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life. On Oct. 16 a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at Texas Children’s saved Audrina’s life during a miraculous six hour open-heart surgery where they reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for the one-third of her heart that was outside of her body. “This risky operation on such an uncommon condition required specialists from a variety of care teams including cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery and general pediatric surgery,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). “I have only seen this condition a few times in my career and these are always very tricky cases; in fact, many of these babies do not survive. If Audrina would not have been referred to a facility like ours that could provide this full spectrum of care from managing
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