Baby born with heart on the outside goes home
HOUSTON (WABC) -- On Wednesday, little Audrina Cardenas left the hospital, three months after the surgery to put her heart back where it belongs.
"She's doing really good, she'll be going home on a little bit of oxygen, but very little. She'll going home on a feeding tube but hopefully with OT help, we will help her get on a bottle," Audrina's mom, Ashley Cardenas, said.
And she's come a long way since she was born October 15 with one-third of her heart outside her body. During a six-hour surgery, Texas Children's Hospital doctors reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for her heart. But she doesn't have a bony breast plate to protect her heart, so they made her one -- a pink chest shield.
Only eight babies in a million are born with this rare congenital malformation. Most don't live longer than three days. Audrina is one of the few who is doing well enough to leave the hospital.
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