British surgeons successfully put heart back in baby Vanellope Hope's body

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Baby girl born with heart outside her body survives in UK
Baby girl born with heart outside her body survives in UK

London : The British surgeons placed a living heart back in the body of three-week-old Vanellope Hope baby who survived all three surgeries and is now recovering well.

Three-week-old Vanellope Hope Wilkins was delivered by a team of 50 medical professionals at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK, on November 22.

Born with a rare congenital condition, ectopia cordis, in which the heart grows outside body of the child, she underwent three intensive surgeries to put it back in her body. 

The baby girl is showing good signs of recovery. 

"I had prepared myself for the worst; that was my way of dealing with it. I had brought an outfit to hospital that she could wear if she died," said Naomi Findlay, Vanellope's mother, in a statement on Tuesday. "I genuinely didn't think my baby would survive, but the staff at Glenfield have been amazing."

"I deal with babies with heart problems all the time, some of them very complicated," said Dr. Frances Bu'Lock, consultant in pediatric cardiology at Glenfield Hospital.

"This is only the second case in 30 years that I've seen this particular condition, it's extremely rare," she said. "Vanellope is the first baby to survive this operation in the UK."