UK baby born with heart outside body allowed to visit home
admin • September 11, 2018 • 3327
Baby Vanellope Wilkins | REUTERS
A British baby who was born with her heart outside her body has been allowed to make visits to her parents’ home after months in a hospital, the BBC reported on Monday (September 10).
Vanellope Wilkins was born last November, with medics giving her less than a 10 percent chance of survival.
However, after nine months and three operations for the rare condition, she has now begun spending time at the home of her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, in Bulwell in central England, the BBC said.
They have had to recreate the hospital’s critical care environment at their house but are hoping she will be able to return home permanently.
Vanellope was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve last year but the condition, ectopia cordis, meant she had to be born prematurely by Caesarean section on Nov. 22. Vanellope is believed to be the first baby born with the condition in Britain to have survived. — Reuters
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London-based Filipino radiographer has created an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner replica out of Lego blocks for patients experiencing ‘scanxiety’.
Apollo Exconde, who works as a radiographer at Croydon University Hospital, said that ‘scanxiety’ is a kind of anxiety experienced when undergoing a medical scanner.
“I came up with the idea because most of our patients here are claustrophobic and plus-size of all ages. They don’t only come from kids but some of our patients are elderly who are suffering from claustrophobia,” he said.
The MRI Lego replica is designed with a wide unobstructed view to better explain patients the MRI process. Patients will also be able to see what they will look like when they undergo an MRI scan.
Apollo hopes this replica can provide assurance to patients who are having “scanxiety”.
“A solution to help my patients conquer it one Lego brick at a time,” he said.
The said replica has gone viral on social media. It has also been featured in different radiology websites across Europe.
Apollo’s Lego idea already has 3,681 supporters. He would need 10,000 supporters for the Lego company to adopt and reproduce the open MRI.
“Hello mga kababayan! I’m Apollo. Please support my Lego Open MRI idea by typing in any search engine “Lego Open MRI”, register, and click support. Thank you!” announced Apollo.—AAC (with reports from Jovic Bermas)
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