30. A Story of The Heart Not Being Where It’s Supposed To Be
Most of us learned in a basic biology class where the heart is supposed to be. It’s also an important lesson because it teaches us what we should look out for if we start to experience a heart attack. But there are some conditions that force the heart to not be where we expect it to be. In this story shared by raftsa, the heart ended up somewhere that was actually quite dangerous.
“[A] rare and interesting [disease] would be Pentalogy of Cantrell. [That means someone] has the heart outside of the chest. Why? Because the sternum has not fused. I’d seen it before with just a bit of the heart on view. But, with this kid, it was completely out. You could see pretty much the whole heart with the aorta and lung vessels all that was holding it; the heart just beating away. I’d done adult cardiac for a bit, but this was a little different. Tiny. We covered it with a polystyrene cup until the kid went or theatre to have it pushed back inside.”