UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a child with a rare violation was born. Doctors who took birth at the 22-year-old Tabassum have not encountered such a complication before.
Childbirth proceeded without complications, but the child who was born was different from the usual newborn. His legs were fused so that the doctors could not even determine the sex of the baby.
The child was very weak and doctors offered to deliver him to the district hospital, where more qualified doctors work and there is special equipment.
However, while the parents made the decision to transport the newborn, the baby died.
Experts explained that the child suffered from mermaid syndrome – a rare congenital disorder that occurs in one in 100,000 newborns. Infants with this syndrome – also called sirenomelia – usually live no longer than a couple of days.
External anomalies are accompanied by severe internal defects.
Only a few cases are known in the world when patients with mermaid syndrome successfully underwent surgery and were able to recover from it. One of them is a resident of Peru, Milagros Cerron, who after the operation learned to move around without a wheelchair.
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