UK Baby Born With Heart Outside Body Allowed to Visit Home

September 11, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018    

A British baby who was born with her heart outside her body has been allowed to make visits home after months in hospital, the BBC reported on Sept. 10.

Vanellope Wilkins was born last November with medics giving her less than a 10 percent chance of survival.

However, after nine months and three operations for the rare condition, she has now begun spending time at the home of her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, in Bulwell in central England, the BBC said.

They have had to recreate the hospital’s critical care environment at their house but are hoping she will be able to return home permanently.

Vanellope was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve last year but the condition, ectopia cordis, meant she had to be born prematurely by Caesarean section on Nov. 22. Vanellope is believed to be the first baby born with the condition in Britain to have survived.