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Audrina Cardenas: Miracle Baby With Heart Born Outside Her Body Leaves the Hospital (with Photos)

Ashley Cardenas leaves the hospital with her daughter, Audrina.
Ashley Cardenas leaves the hospital with her daughter, Audrina.
Photos by by Paul Vincent Kuntz

Back on Thanksgiving Day, I said you should count your blessings if for no other reason than because of the story of little Audrina Cardenas, a baby born with a rare birth defect, her heart was literally formed outside her chest. A team of doctors at Texas Children's Hospital raced to save her life and this week, she went home with her parents.

I sometimes think we live in a cold, cynical world, but if these pictures don't melt your heart at least a little, you might need to check with Audrina's cardiologist to see if it is still beating.

Audrina, Ashley (mom) and Dr. Charles Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital
Audrina, Ashley (mom) and Dr. Charles Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital
Look at that face!
Look at that face!
AW!
AW!

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