heart outside chest

A baby born with her heart outside her body has stunned her parents and doctors in India.

Tazmina Khatun, 28, gave a natural birth to her daughter in a government-run hospital on Wednesday in a nondescript village in Assam in northeast India.

But the new mum was shocked when she realised the girl’s heart was beating outside her body.

The woman had never sought medical help throughout her gestation period or undergone a sonography due to lack of money and knowledge and was clearly unaware of the child’s condition.

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.

Dr. Manirul Islam Sarkar said: “The baby has a condition called Ectopia Cardis 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.”

Both Khatun and her husband, Jahirul Isma, 29, a daily wage labour are devastated with their firstborn’s condition and hoping for a miracle that could save her.

Islam 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.”