This video can’t support the embed
A baby born with her heart pumping outside her body has stunned her parents and doctors in India.
Tazmina Khatun, 28, from a village in Assam in northeast India, gave birth to her daughter at a state-run hospital earlier this week.
But she was left shocked when she realised that her girl’s heart was beating on the outside of her body due to an extremely rare condition.
Immediately whisked away for treatment, doctors managed to save her life before she was transferred to another hospital.
But her parents are still worried she may die, with her preparing for life-saving surgery to put her organ back inside her chest.
Both Tazmina and her husband, Jahirul Isma, 29, a daily wage labour are devastated with their firstborn’s conditionJahirul said: ‘I could not hold back tears when I saw the baby. I had never seen any baby like this before and could not believe my child was born this way.’We are worried what will happen to our baby and only hoping for a miracle for her survival.’After the preliminary care, doctors at the hospital referred the newborn to an advanced heart institute in a different city for a life-saving surgery.
Ectopia cordis is where the heart is located outside of the body, either partially or completely.It is believed that the genetic condition occurs in just one in every 126,000 live births, with females most at risk.
Experts say that the prognosis is generally poor and depends on the severity of the condition.
Most sufferers are stillborn or die within the first few days of their life, figures suggest.
Source: RadiopaediaDr Manirul Islam Sarkar, who treated her at the state-run hospital, said: ‘The baby has a condition called ectopia cordis where her heart developed outside her chest wall.’We acted efficiently to save her and later referred her to a heart institute where the child would undergo a surgery under government expenses.
‘We are hoping for a successful surgery.’
Unaware of the condition until the birth, Tazmina had went through a completely normal pregnancy.
A lack of money prevented her from ever having a sonography or any medical help while she was carrying her daughter.
Ectopia cordis is a genetic condition that occurs in approximately one in every 126,000 births.
Infants with the malformation tend to die within the first few days of their life, according to medical figures.