Baby born with heart out­side chest stuns doc­tors

...De­fies odds of a mil­lion to one to sur­vive

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Priyanka Pal, 24, was rushed to the labour room of gov­ern­men­trun Sul­tan­pur hospi­tal in im­pov­er­ished Ut­tar Pradesh state last Wed­nes­day night, where she gave birth to a baby boy.

But, to ev­ery­one’s shock, the baby was born with his heart pro­trud­ing from his chest.

The in­cred­i­bly rare con­di­tion, known as ECTOPIA CORDIS, af­fects only eight in ev­ery mil­lion births and 90 per cent of these are still­born or die within three days.

“We were hop­ing that we would have a happy jour­ney from here on but God had planned some­thing else,” said the baby’s wor­ried fa­ther Nirb­hay Pal.

“We have been blessed with a son, but his life is in the bal­ance.”

Nirb­hay, 30, who makes £3 (about N850) a day work­ing as a ma­son at lo­cal con­struc­tion sites, was told by the doc­tors his baby will not live long with the con­di­tion, and needs im­me­di­ate surgery at a bet­ter med­i­cal fa­cil­ity.

He added: “The doc­tors said we should go to a pri­vate hospi­tal and get surgery done.

“But I am a poor man. We can barely af­ford two square meals a day. I don’t know what to do. We are hop­ing that the govern­ment will help us.

“I have put ev­ery­thing at stake to save my child. We are feel­ing so help­less. We don’t know where to go.”

The baby has now been shifted from the Sul­tan­pur hospi­tal to a hospi­tal in the neigh­bour­ing city of Dehradun.

It is not yet known how much the oper­a­tion will cost.

Nirb­hay and Priyanka got mar­ried four years ago and this is their first child.

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Only eight in ev­ery mil­lion births are af­fected and 90 per cent of these don’t sur­vive

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