A baby who was born with her heart partially outside her chest went home from the hospital on Wednesday. Since the day she was born, baby Audrina has been surrounded by a team of doctors.
“I’m nervous and anxious,” mom Ashley Cardenas said.
Baby Audrina was born with one-third of her heart outside her body. She has been hooked up to machines and surrounded by doctors for three and a half months.
Audrina’s heart beating just under the skin is visible. As Cardenas prepared to leave Texas Children’s Hospital, she placed a pink protective shield over Audrina’s chest, which will protect her heart as she grows.
Eventually, doctors will use a portion of her rib bone to build a sternum.