Sirenomelia

Mermaid Syndrome By : Amber Spillane

Amber Spillane

Mermaids Are Real!

  • Sirenomelia is an extremely rare birth defect, about as rare as conjoined twins, that the baby is born with their legs fused together
  • It is commonly known as "Mermaid Syndrome"
  • There are only two known survivors, Milagros Cerron, and Tiffany Yorks.
  • There was a third survivor named Shiloh Pepin, but when she was 10 years old she developed pneumonia and sadly, passed away in 2010 a couple months after her tenth birthday but she never got her legs separated
  • But Milagros and Tiffany did and Milagros is now 10 years old and Tiffany is 26!
  • But to get cured there are many procedures that took place over a number of years, and a lot of physical therapy.

Milagros Cerron Before Surgery...

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Milagros After Surgery!

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How Can You Tell if Your Baby Will Have Sirenomelia?

You can tell if the baby will be born with "Mermaid Syndrome" because of the ultrasoundAn ultrasound is a process that a mother and or father can see their baby when it is still in the womb. The ultrasound works by pictures that are made by sound waves which are too high pitched to be heard by the human ear. The sound waves travel through the skin and focus on the part of the body it is on. This machine works by scanning that part of the body you put a device called a "transducer" on. It picks up sound waves as they bounce back from the organs that are inside the body. Once the baby is born you can take an x- ray of the baby
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