Medical technology can be utterly astounding.
Successfully treating this baby will give hope to other families with the same diagnosis.
Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by Caesarean section. She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest. The condition, ectopia cordis, is extremely rare, with only a few cases per million births, of which most are stillborn. The hospital says it knows of no other case in the UK where the baby has survived. Her parents, Naomi Findlay, 31, and Dean Wilkins, 43, from Nottingham, say Vanellope is "a real fighter". Naomi said: "It was a real shock when the ultrasound showed that her heart was outside her chest and scary because we didn't know what would happen." The couple paid for a blood test which showed there were no chromosomal abnormalities and that made them determined to continue with the pregnancy.