By Jane Nambi
A born with his heart in his stomach has a chance to undergo a corrective surgery which will help correct the problem.
Huang Rongming from Henan, China lived his life with his heart protruding from his stomach and if he attempted to walk upright, he would run out of breath and turn blue.
Rongming lived with the condition for 24 years before undergoing the surgery. Doctors told him his condition was rapidly deteriorating and that he required urgent surgery. His condition is called congenital heart displacement. Five babies out of every million born have the condition and in most cases, most patients die soon after birth.
Even though he did not have the money to undergo the surgery, media attention helped get him the operation. “It’s a dream come true. I’m going to lead a normal life like everyone else,” he said. Doctors didn’t think he would survive with the heart displaced but he beat the odds. He has now undergone life-changing surgery and his heart is in his chest
His parents admitted they were scared for their son and he was not allowed to play with other children for fear that he would die.
Earlier this year he sought treatment at Wuhan Union Hospital. His doctor, Dong Nianguo, a cardiac surgeon at the hospital, was astonished that he was still alive. His surgery was going to cost about 200,000 yuan. Kind readers managed to contribute money which allowed him undergo the surgery.
The surgery lasted more than 10 hours and was entirely successful. His abdomen is now flat and his heart defect fixed. “I am now normal, thanks to the many kind souls.”