posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 09:15 PM
A nine-month-old baby girl who was born with fused legs, a rare condition known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome," will undergo surgery to
separate her legs. Because this condition is usually associated with internal organ abnormalities, children born with this condition almost never
survive more than a few days. This child's internal organs are normal, except that she has only one kidney. The operation will take five hours and
future operations will be needed to correct the orientation of her feet and to reconstruct her genitalia.
A Peruvian medical team is preparing for pioneering surgery to separate the fused legs of a 9-month-old girl born with a rare condition known as
sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome."
Milagros Cerron, who has fused legs but separated feet, is one of very few people in the world with the condition, doctors say.
A team of doctors will attempt to free her legs from each other on Feb. 24. at one of Lima's charity hospitals for the poor, said lead surgeon Luis
Rubio on Thursday.
"This is a child that has her own personality," he said in an interview with the Associated Press. "Her relation to her surroundings is good. She
babbles words. She is enchanting and is a wonderful joy."
The girl was born in the mountain city of Huancayo, 125 miles east of the capital, Lima. Almost none of the children born with this condition survives
more than several days because of defects to their internal organs, Rubio said.
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Considering the state of the surgical arts in this day and age and the condition of this child's internal organs, it sounds as though she has a
fighting chance to overcome this condition. Cases like this are always emotionally laden because of the vulnerabliity of the children and the fears
that all prospective parents have regarding the health of their expected children. We can all hope that this child will have a happy and rewarding
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[edit on 27-4-2006 by parrhesia]