A woman in India, gave birth to a baby with Sirenomelia (or Mermaid Syndrome). The newborn had fused legs and underdeveloped pelvis. Unfortunately, just four hours after birth, the baby died.
The doctors were not succesful in to identifying the sex of the baby. Due to baby’s unusual features, the underdeveloped pelvis and the fused legs, the sex could not be identified.
At government hospital, medical staff were surprised when they witness Muskura Bibi, 23-year old, gave birth to a bab with Sirenomelia
In India this is the secont time a baby with Mermaid Syndrome born and and the fifth across the world.
“I had never seen such a baby before. It is the first case of Sirenomelia in the state and second in the country. The baby had normal formation in upper part of the body but below the waist its legs were fused together. The lower part was not developed completely.” child specialist at the hospital, Dr Sudip Saha said.
Baby Born with Mermaid Syndrome couldn’t survive
“We learnt the mother had not undergone ultrasound sonography throughout gestation.” The hospital staff said.
The condition could have been diagnosed earlier, if the woman had undergone ultrasound during pregnancy.
Birth deformities, in majority of cases, are caused by lack of nutrition. If during pregnancy mother suffers from serious illness This could be another reason.
In the recent times, behind many babies born with deformities in Brazil, Zika virus infection has been a reason.
Mermaid baby syndrome could be blamed on improper blood circulation and development issues with the baby during pregnancy, doctors stated.
First case of mermaid baby was reported in Uttar Pradesh, in 2016, India. Only 10 minutes, the baby survived. Still the exact cause of this ilness is unknown.
There have been limited cases of children born with sirenomelia. To figure out the conditions leading to sirenomelia, scientists don’t have enough data.
In India, babies born with rare syndromes or deformities, have been considered supernatural in the past. In a recent incident, a baby born with four legs was considered divine and people started flocking to see the child.
This condition is found in approximately one out of every 100,000 live births and is usually fatal within a day or two of birth because of complications associated with abnormal kidney and urinary bladder development and function.
More than half the cases of sirenomelia result in stillbirth and this condition is 100 times more likely to occur in identical twins than in single births or fraternal twins.
Medical experts believe that both environmental and genetic factors may play a role in the development of the disorder. Due of abnormal kidney and urinary functions, babies born with rare deformities usually die at an early age.
Tiffany Yorks from Clearwater, Florida survived 27 years after being born with mermaid syndrome. Doctors performed surgery before her first birthday to separate her legs. She suffered from mobility during her first few years.