Indian "mermaid baby" dies four hours after birth

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A young Indian woman was taken to Chittaranjan Seva Sadan and Sishu Sadan Hospital in Kolkata, where she gave birth to a baby. But mother and medics was extremely shocked when it turned out that newborn baby had a very rare mermaid syndrome.

 

Muskura Bibi, 23, gave birth to a baby with complete fusion of lower limbs. Medics could not even determine the sex of "mermaid baby", which died just after four hours later.

In India, this is officialy a second documented case of childbirth with extremely rare syndrome called sirenomelia. Death in the first hours after birth is usually typical for children with this anomaly. But there were some exceptions - Shiloh Pepin from United States was born in 1999 and lived for over 10 years without surgery for separation of the conjoined legs.

 

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