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Baby Born With Heart Outside Of Body Defies The Odds Thanks To Surgeons At Texas Children's Hospital

"Despite Audrina's misplaced heart, she was born with no other syndromes or genetic conditions that would cause additional stress or complications on her heart," said Dr. Carolyn Altman, pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at BCM.  "Although her future prognosis is uncertain, Audrina is currently thriving and making progress each day."

Audrina is currently in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Texas Children's. She will continue to be carefully followed by a multidisciplinary team and will require specialized care by a pediatric cardiologist for the rest of her life.

"Our family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, especially the team at Texas Children's who saved Audrina's life," said Cardenas. "We look forward to the day when Audrina can come home with us and we can be reunited as a family."

For more information about Texas Children's Heart Center visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

About Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston.  For more information on Texas Children's, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children's by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

Contact: Elizabeth Shackouls832-824-2108 ehshacko@texaschildrens.org

SOURCE Texas Children's Hospital

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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