>> A new born baby has survived three operations to put her heart back into her chest. Penelope Hope Wilkins was born with her heart outside her body and no breast bone, an extremely rare condition known as ectopia cordis. She's believed to be the first baby in the UK to have survived the condition.
She was delivered prematurely by cesarean section, three weeks ago. In her first moments, doctors at the hospital in Leicester, England protected her heart with sterile plastic. Penelope underwent surgery that day, to put her heart back into her body. In a subsequent operation, her skin was used to cover the hole in her chest.
>> There may be strategies whereby we can put some internal bony protection in, whether that's with 3D printing, either of something plastic or maybe even something organic that might grow with her.>> Only eight babies in 1 million are born with ectopia cordis. The vast majority are still born or die within the first three days.
Several babies have survived the surgery in the United States including Audrina Cardenas, who was born in Texas in 2012.