Medicine: Open Heart

During the last three months of her pregnancy, pious, 24-year-old Mrs. Esperanza Sacramenta Rafael of Manila lay in bed gazing at a chromo of Christ pointing to his exposed, bleeding heart. Last fortnight, in a small hospital in the Tondo slum district, Mrs. Rafael gave birth to a seven-pound baby girl, named Maria Corazon (Mary Heart). The baby's heart, faintly beating, lay on her chest, outside her body. Mrs. Rafael's friends, who thronged to the hospital, stoutly maintained that the baby's condition was due to Mrs. Rafael's daily adoration of the Sacred Heart....

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