Heartbreaking photos show ‘MERMAID’ baby with rare defect, who died minutes after birth Heartbreaking photos show ‘MERMAID’ baby with rare defect, who died minutes after birth
Within minutes of being born, this baby in India died of an often-fatal birth defect called the “mermaid syndrome.” It is said that this... Heartbreaking photos show ‘MERMAID’ baby with rare defect, who died minutes after birth

Within minutes of being born, this baby in India died of an often-fatal birth defect called the “mermaid syndrome.” It is said that this is the fourth such case known in the world, but the first reported in India.

According to various media reports, a remarkable birth defect was witnessed in 2016, when a woman from Pradesh, India, bore a child with the so-called “mermaid syndrome,” where the baby is born with his legs fused together, forming what resembles a mermaid’s tail. Sadly, the child died just 10 minutes after birth.

Dr. Vandana Arya, a gynecologist who helped deliver the baby, said, “I have never seen a case like this before. We have seen congenital disorders amongst children born with deformities, but this was an extremely rare case.” The unusual syndrome is also called sirenomelia.

“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,” Dr. Arya said, adding that because of the condition, it was impossible to determine the gender of the baby.

Often fatal, sirenomelia affects one in every 100,000 babies.

“Sirenomelia is extremely fatal,” said Lindsey Fitzharris, a medical historian. “There are no accounts of anyone with this condition surviving in the past.”

“Most died within days of being born due to kidney and bladder failure. Even today, the odds are against those with sirenomelia, though there are a handful of examples of children living past infancy,” she said.

This baby’s case is the fourth known of in the world. According to Dr. Arya, the woman did not complain of any symptoms, but an ultrasound during the last stages of the pregnancy revealed that the baby’s kidneys had not developed properly.

“There are several causes of this condition like excessive medicine intake, a vitamin deficiency, genetics, past history or even maternal diabetes,” Dr. Arya said. “It also results from a failure of normal vascular supply from the lower aorta in uetro.

“The operation in these cases is not possible due to the improper development of the body. In some extreme rare cases, the kidneys can be transplanted but the survival rate is very low.”

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  • Reese

    2017-08-17 #1 Author

    Omg…….Wow😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔

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  • Catherine Hernandez

    2017-08-18 #2 Author

    😔 sorry for there loss rip little one 😇

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