Surgery ex­posed boy’s heart for FIVE days ...Af­ter mir­a­cle oper­a­tion to flip or­gan that had grown back to front

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Atoddler’s beat­ing heart was ex­posed through a hole in his chest for five days af­ter a life-sav­ing oper­a­tion to flip it over.

Doc­tors worked for ten hours to per­form the com­plex surgery on three-year-old Carson Ayre, who was born with his heart back to front.

The young­ster had trans­po­si­tion of the great ar­ter­ies, an ex­tremely rare and life-threat­en­ing de­for­mity, which would have re­sulted in heart fail­ure.

The se­ri­ous con­di­tion meant his heart’s cham­bers and the veins and ar­ter­ies which carry the blood were the wrong way around.

A team of ex­perts tire­lessly worked at Le­ices­ter’s Glen­field Hospi­tal to flip the vi­tal or­gan back the right way round dur­ing a pi­o­neer­ing pro­ce­dure three weeks ago.

They then left the tod­dler’s chest open for five days to al­low the swelling on his heart to go down.

Par­ents Dan­icka, 27, and Luke, 25, were able to watch and made an in­cred­i­ble video of their son’s heart beat­ing through the hole in his chest while they main­tained a bed­side vigil.

The cou­ple, who live in Carl­ton, Notts., thanked ex­perts for giv­ing sav­ing their tod­dlers life.

Luke, who works as a care as­sis­tant in a nurs­ing home, said: ‘We’re very proud. He’s ab­so­lutely shocked us.

‘He was out (of hospi­tal) in two weeks when they said it would be a month. We were very pes­simistic about the en­tire sit­u­a­tion - we thought this was it.

‘So to see him get through, no words can de­scribe it. Some of the chil­dren that were on the ward were just wait­ing to die - we were just one of the lucky ones where ev­ery­thing turned out great.’

The dad-of-two was also full of praise for con­sul­tant Giles Peek and the team - who jet­ted in from Lon­don to save his son’s life.

He added: ‘He is one of the very few people who can do this kind of surgery and they brought in people es­pe­cially to help him do it.

‘We had all the best people in the UK to do it - that was very re­as­sur­ing. We can’t thank them enough.’

Re­mark­ably, the oper­a­tion was the third open heart surgery lit­tle Carson has had in the last three years.

He ini­tially went un­der the

Surgeons then left a hole is his chest for five days, with his beat­ing heart vis­i­ble through it, while the swelling went down


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