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.
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.