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Instead of Pumping Baby's Heart Squirts Blood

by Rukmani Krishna on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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 Instead of Pumping Baby's Heart Squirts Blood

A British baby's heart squirts blood around his body instead of pumping it in an extremely rare medical condition found in one of just 63 people in the world.

Six-month-old Jack Renton, son of Joanne Wright and Davey Renton, from Elsdon, Northumberland, has been diagnosed with the rare condition "8p23 deletion", the Daily Mail reported.

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Experts say his heart can stop at any moment as blood is only squirted around the body intermittently and not constantly pumped around in it.

The condition is caused by cells in the body having a small but variable amount of genetic material missing from one of their 46 chromosomes -- chromosome eight.

The baby will undergo surgery to tie an elastic band around the valve in his heart to stop it from squirting and force it to pump instead.

Source: IANS
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