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Baby born in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, only lived for about 10 minutes
Had rare condition called sirenomelia – also known as ‘Mermaid syndrome’
The rare congenital deformity causes what looks like a single limb
A baby astonished doctors in India when it was born with a rare condition known as ‘Mermaid syndrome.’
Tragically the newborn, whose legs had fused together to resemble the mythical creature, only lived for about ten minutes.
The 22-year-old mother, from Sahranpur, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, had the baby, on Friday morning.
Dr Vandana Arya, 35, a gynaecologist at the hospital who delivered the baby, said: ‘I have never seen a case like this before.
The baby had a condition called Sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome, which is a rare congenital disorder in which the legs are fused together, with an appearance of a mermaid’s tail
‘We have seen congenital disorders amongst children born with deformities, but this was an extremely rare case.
‘The baby was born in a fish-like body, and had its hands spread like fins, which made this case even more unique.
‘The upper body of the baby was absolutely functional but the lower body was not developed.’
A large group of people gathered at at Sahi Ram Hospital for a glimpse of the remarkable newborn.
Dr Arya said the condition meant it was impossible to determine the gender of the baby.
Sirenomelia, also known as ‘Mermaid syndrome’ is a life-threatening illness, marked by the rotation and fusion of a sufferer’s legs.
The rare congenital deformity causes what looks like a single limb, resembling a fish tail, in the womb.
‘Most died within days of being born due to kidney and bladder failure.
SURVIVAL OF PEOPLE BORN WITH SIRENOMELIA
In 1988 Tiffany Yorks underwent surgery to separate her legs before her first birthday.
She suffered some mobility problems, because of her fragile bones, and used crutches and a wheelchair to get around.
At the age of 27, she was the oldest known surviving sufferer of the condition until she passed away in February this year.
Another notable survivor of the rare disorder is a Peruvian girl, nicknamed the Little Mermaid.
In 2006 a team of eight specialists successfully carried out a second operation on the then two-year-old Milagros Cerron.
The youngster, whose first name means ‘miracles’ in Spanish, was born with the rare congenital disorder.
Her legs were fused from groin to ankles and her feet splayed, in the characteristic form of sirenomelia.
Most of Milagros’s internal organs, including her heart and lungs, were in perfect condition.