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HEART IN ABDOMEN: Man given new hope with operation

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 22nd, 2013
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The old saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" was anything but funny to 24-year-old Huang Rongming from the Henan province in China. Born with a rare defect, his heart was located in his abdomen - leading to myriad health problems. A blow to his stomach could have potentially killed him. He now has a new outlook on life after complicated surgery.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Rongming can now finally walk upright without getting out of breath or turning blue.

He had lived with the rare condition for his entire life until a doctor told him his condition was rapidly deteriorating and that he required urgent surgery.

Rongming was born with congenital heart displacement, which only occurs in between five and eight people out of one million. Most patients die soon after birth.

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Unable to afford the procedure, Rongming would place his heart in his chest. Media coverage of his condition enabled him to undergo to life-changing operation.

"It's a dream come true. I'm going to lead a normal life like everyone else," he told reporters.

Before surgery, Rongming's heart could clearly be seen pumping underneath a thin layer of skin and bulging out from his upper belly.

Rongming's parents came forward to say that they were anxious when he was a little boy and said that he was not allowed to play with other children for fear that he would have an accident and die.

Doctors did not think Rongming would survive at birth, as his protruding heart had defects and was vulnerable to injury.

His parents admitted they were anxious when he was a boy and said that he was not allowed to play with other children for fear that he would die.

As farmers they couldn't afford the surgery.

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Seeking treatment at Wuhan Union Hospital, Rongming's doctor, Dong Nianguo, a cardiac surgeon at the hospital, was astonished that he was still alive. Tests showed Huang's condition was deteriorating rapidly, and he needed immediate surgery, which could cost about 200,000 yuan.

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Attracting considerable media coverage, within six days of his story being reported, he received all the money he needed from kind readers. 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," he says.

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