Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Chinese man undergoes surgery to correct rare defect

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.

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

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

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Heart displacement, surgery, China, kindness of strangers


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.

Huang Rongming, from Henan province in China, was born with congenital heart displacement. It only o

Huang Rongming, from Henan province in China, was born with congenital heart displacement. It only occurs in between five and eight people out of one million.


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.

The condition often left the factory worker blue and breathless so he spent much of his 24 years lyi

The condition often left the factory worker blue and breathless so he spent much of his 24 years lying down to make sure blood flowed around his body.


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.

Rongming

Rongming's parents admitted 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.


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.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More Health

Vatican teams up with United States to fight cancer Watch

Image of Pope Francis and Joe Biden talk cancer research at Vatican.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden paid Pope Francis a little visit on Friday to talk cancer and Christian persecution. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -  Biden traveled to the Vatican to attend a summit on regenerative medicine. While at the Vatican, Biden pushed ... continue reading


Fountain of youth discovered: Immortality no longer a myth Watch

Image of Doctor explains theory to keep humans alive for centuries (Pinterest).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

If given the option, would YOU choose to live forever? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the co-founder and chief science officer for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescense (SENS) Research Foundation, believes the ongoing research ... continue reading


Are you bored? Here's why and here's how to fix it! Watch

Image of Boredom is usually caused by overstimulation.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Are you bored? Is boredom a constant visitor in your life? If so, you could be suffering from overstimulation. Fortunately, the condition is curable. Here's how. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Most Americans are chronically bored. According to British ... continue reading


2 billion in danger of Zika this summer - are YOU prepared? Watch

Image of Zika is expected to spread across the tropic and subtropical areas in Asia, Africa and the Americas (123rf).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle estimate 2.2 billion people are at risk of contracting Zika. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A map published in the journal eLife indicated sections of South ... continue reading


Health insurance premiums about to rise for those who pay them Watch

Image of Obamacare is becoming more painful than ever.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Insurance companies are telling Obama and the American people they must permit them to raise rates substantially, or they will pull out of the Obamacare markets. This is more proof Obamacare is designed to fail. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Insurance ... continue reading


Sweaty billboards save lives? Watch

Image of The new billboard prototypes have been erected in Zika-infested countries (Posterscope/NBS).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hate mosquitoes? Love living the bug-free life? These crazy sweaty billboards are exactly what you need! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Billboards have been created to smell like human sweat while simultaneously shooting out carbon dioxide to attract, trap and ... continue reading


Is pornography the new cigarettes? Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Is pornography the new cigarettes? According to some research, the answer is yes, prompting Utah officials to declare pornography a public health crisis. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In the 1950s, nearly half of all Americans smoked cigarettes. There was ... continue reading


Can't sleep? Then don't read this horrifying article about KILLER insomnia Watch

Image of Fatal Familial Insomnia is a horrifying killer. About 40 families in the world have the deadly genetic mutation in their genes.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Imagine one night, you prepare for bed, but you cannot sleep. It's the latest in a spat of insomnia that seems to be worsening. The sleepless nights turn into days, then weeks without sleep. Eventually, you lose the ability to sleep altogether. What's happening and ... continue reading


First Zika infection between gay couple reported in the United States Watch

Image of Zika affects everyone - regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation (Queerty).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the case of sexually transmitted Zika virus between two men in Dallas, Texas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of the men had traveled to Venezuela, where he was bitten by a Zika=infected mosquito.When he returned ... continue reading


Health insurance premiums to increase dramatically in 2017 as Obamacare inches towards failure Watch

Image of Obamacare is bound to fail. Only 1 person is surprised.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Health insurers are asking permission to raise their rates next year as they warn about the financial stability of Obamacare. Some are threatening to drop out of the Obamacare marketplace because they cannot make money. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Although ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15
11 Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
1 Alleluia! Sing a new song to Yahweh: his praise in the assembly of the ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:26--16:4
26 When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 2nd, 2016 Image

St. Athanasius
May 2: St. Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith ... Read More