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A mermaid baby was born at Petlaburj Maternity Hospital in Hyderabad, but unfortunately died shortly after birth. Due to Critical Birth Defect, the child died within an hour of birth. Actually, the baby was born with Mermaid Syndrome, a rare congenital condition and few such cases have been seen in the last few years. Most of the children born with Mermaid syndrome do not live long. Born in Hyderabad, half of the body was like a human and half was like a fish. The lower part of the baby’s body looks like a mermaid, that is, it resembles a fish fin.
This congenital disorder is called Sirenomelia or Mermaid syndrome. Doctors at the hospital told CNN that the child was born around 7 pm on Wednesday and died within the next two hours. Such cases are extremely rare. Let’s know what is Mermaid Syndrome?
What is mermaid syndrome
Sirenomelia (mustangia syndrome) is a type of birth defect in which both legs of a child are connected. It looks like mermaid fish, hence this is known as mermaid syndrome. This syndrome occurs in one in a million children. No specific cause of sirenomelia (mermaid syndrome) has been revealed so far. However, genetic and environmental factors are also involved behind this. It has also been speculated that this may be due to gene transfer from one person to another. The circulatory system and blood vessels may also be abnormal in some cases.
In this case the child is born with genitals, gastrointestinal disorders, spinal disorders, pelvis and absence of both kidneys. According to NCBI, it is usually impossible for a person to live long in this situation. However, a report also states that some infants are actually alive with this disorder.
One child was born in 2018 at the Swami Ramanand Tirth Rural Government Hospital in Ambajogai, Maharashtra. Like a child born in Hyderabad, this baby too died within 15 minutes of being born. Earlier in 2017, a 23-year-old woman gave birth to a child suffering from Mermaid Syndrome. The sex of the child could not be identified due to its connected organs. This child was alive for four hours.