The chances of survival have brightened for the "mermaid" boy in Hunan Province after the latest surgery, on his intestines. According to the Cuban Encyclopedia ECURED, sirenomelia, also known as mermaid syndrome, is a lethal congenital deformation in which the lower limbs are completely fused by muscles or bone tissue. Mermaids have occupied our imagination for thousands of years, originating in ancient Assyria with the legend of goddess Atargatis, whose worship spread to Greece and Rome. Sirenomelia is almost always fatal in newborns. Lima - Doctors fully separated the fused legs of a baby girl known as Peru's "little mermaid" early on Wednesday, calling the delicate procedure a "true success".
Sirenomeliaalso called mermaid syndromeis a rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving the appearance of a mermaid 's tail, hence the nickname. LIMA, Peru — Doctors successfully separated the fused legs of a Peruvian baby during a risky, nationally televised operation Wednesday and said they hoped the vivacious, bright-eyed girl would be walking in two years. Forums New posts. An American girl who was born with a rare condition often called 'mermaid syndrome' that meant her legs were fused together, has died aged By Lizzie Parry for MailOnline.
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