A 7 day old baby born with extremely rare birth defect of heart protruding outside the rib-cage was successfully operated through a life-saving surgery in Brahmananda Narayana Multispecialty Hospital. This rare birth defect called “Ectopia Cordis” is reported to happen in 5 per one million births globally.
The team of doctors comprising of Cardiac Surgeons & Plastic Surgeons planned carefully planned the surgery, which lasted for 6 hours. The baby was delivered in the vehicle while the mother was being rushed to a nearby primary health centre. They were later refered to Brahmananda NarayanaMultispecialty Hospital.
This condition is a congenital malformation in which the heart is abnormally locatedeither partially or totally outside of the rib-cage. The ectopic or protruding heart can be found along a spectrum of anatomical locations, including the neck, chest, or abdomen. Globally there have been only 250 such cases reported & about 23 cases in India. The paediatric cardiac department at the hospital has the most comprehensive model of a dedicated & cohesive team that is specifically focused on complex heart diseases.