September 4, 2009

Infant’s heart moved into his chest

An Indian surgeon said a 10-day-old baby's heart continued to beat during a lengthy operation Thursday to move it into his chest.

A team at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi first had to create a space between the boy's chest and abdomen, CNN reported. Once that was done, his heart, which had dangled outside his chest, was moved inside.

A.K. Bisoi, a cardiothoracic surgeon, said the liver and lungs had to be moved. He said the boy will be carefully monitored to make sure no damage was done to any of his organs during the 3 ½-hour operation.

We will have to keep a watch on how those organs respond, he said.

The boy was born in Bihar, a province on the border with Nepal, in a remote village where his father, Chander Majhi, is a laborer. He was immediately brought to New Delhi in a long train journey, arriving at the hospital with an infection.

Bisoi said ectopia cordis occurs in about five to eight of every 1 million births.