A mermaid is often portrayed in children fantasy books and movies. They are often portrayed as gorgeous maidens with the tail of a fish as a replacement for the feet of human beings. Mermaids, according to folk stories are said to have beautiful voices who capture the ears and hearts of sailors which often lead to their death but there is still no concrete evidence as to their existence.
This mother from India, however reportedly gave birth to a real life mermaid. How did that happen? Read on to find out.
This is one of medicine’s incredibly rare phenomena, and a condition which can only be described as an anomaly. The baby suffered from a condition known as sirenomelia or ‘mermaid syndrome,’ an extremely rare congenital developmental disorder characterized by anomalies of the lower spine and the lower limbs. It gives the limbs an appearance of a mermaid’s tail, hence the name.
The condition is found in approximately one out of every 100,000 live births and is almost certainly fatal within a day or two of birth because of issues with abnormal kidney and urinary bladder development.
Unfortunately for the parents, the baby died from complications just four hours after it was born.
According to Meaww, the mother of the mermaid baby is 23-year-old Muskura Bibi. She gave birth naturally at the government-run Chittaranjan Deva Sadan Hospital in Kolkata, eastern India.
Because both she and her husband were only working as laborers, they were unable to afford any scan during the course of her pregnancy. They also could not afford proper medication and was only able to learn about the condition of their baby after it was born.
Dr. Sudip Saha, a child specialist at the hospital suggested that a lack of proper nutrition and improper blood circulation to the baby from the mother was responsible for the rare abnormality.
“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 a normal formation in the upper part of the body but below, its legs were fused together. The lower part was not developed completely,” Dr. Saha said.