The newborn, who was born November 22 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England, was delivered by Caesarean section several weeks premature with a rare and often fatal congenital condition called ectopia cordis, in which the heart is growing either completely or partially outside the chest cavity. Most babies with this condition usually die after a few days after their birth, but Vanellope Hope Wilkins stay as an exception and let us hope that she will live a hundred more years with flawless health.
Naomi Findlay, Vanellope's mother, said pre-natal scans and tests showed her daughter's heart and parts of her stomach growing outside her body.
The details came in a statement Wednesday from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, where dozens of doctors, nurses and clinical staffers worked together late last month to deliver Vanellope and give her a chance to live.
The couple shared that first 10 minutes of Vanellope's birth were crucial as they would determine her ability to breathe. At the moment she came out, Findlay said she felt "relief" when she heard the baby girl crying. Her father said: "Twenty minutes went by and she was still shouting her head off - it made us so joyful and teary".
The baby, who has a rare condition, was due to be born on Christmas Eve, but was delivered by Cesarean section three weeks ago.
In a medical feat that could be considered as one of the most incredible in the history of medical science, a baby was born with her heart outside her body and the doctors were successful in inserting the heart back into her body.
Vanellope's condition was first discovered when her foetus was nine weeks old.
Glenfield Hospital/University Hospitals of Leicester/NHS TrustVanellope was wrapped in a plastic bag immediately after her birth. Weeks later, her stomach had entered her torso, but her heart had not. She endured three surgeries to move her heart into her chest.
Dr. Nick Moore said the baby is in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. In the average baby, there is an indent on the left lung which leaves space for the heart, but she did not have this.
Vanellope Hope Wilkins was given less than a 10% chance of survival. The main concern with repositioning her heart was that the arteries and veins which bring blood to and from the heart were extremely elongated, and might become kinked and blocked when the heart was placed inside the chest wall.
"She's fighting it all the way and she's defying everything, isn't she?" he added, addressing the baby's mother. Her overall health will now be dependent on her on going treatment.
They aptly named their daughter after a character from the film Wreck-It Ralph. The parents of Vanellope were literally confused when they saw an unusual growth in her developing body. "Vanellope in the film is so stubborn and she turns into a princess at the end, so it was so fitting".