Surgeons replace baby's heart in body

A 2-month-old baby received surgery in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, to place her heart, which was partially outside of her body, in her thoracic cavity, Yangtze Evening News reported.

The baby, whose home is in the neighbouring Anhui province, had part of her heart on her stomach when she was born. Doctors said any stimulation or touch could injure the heart and cause death.

Doctors at Nanjing Children's Hospital conducted surgery that lasted four hours and 25 minutes to relocate the heart and treat other abnormalities including an atrial septal defect and valvular deformity.