Boy Born With Heart Outside His Body

Christopher Wall wasn't meant to live past one-day old.

Medical Mystery: Ectopia Cordis

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In 1975, Teresa Wall gave birth to a baby boy who was born with Ectopia cordis, a rare birth defect in which the heart is literally exposed, sitting on the outside of his chest. Wall recalls a normal pregnancy with no problems. It wasn't until after she had given birth to Christopher that doctors discovered something was wrong.


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(Courtesy of Teresa Wall )

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