Netochka Nezvanova - Philommeidês, Eustephanos (netochka) wrote in abnormalmed,
Netochka Nezvanova - Philommeidês, Eustephanos

Doctors try to save China's first "mermaid" baby

"With round-the-clock care from doctors and nurses, a baby born with a rare congenital defect known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome", is still alive 2 weeks after being found abandoned outside a children's hospital in central China's Hunan Province.......

The baby's two legs are joined together from thigh to heel. Doctors said the baby also suffers from severe internal defects -- it has no kidney or urinary tract, its heart does not function properly, its anus and genitals are underdeveloped, its alimentary tract is deformed and its intestines obstructed. "

(there is a photo at the link)
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