An ultrasound scan reportedly showing a young mother in China carrying a ‘mermaid-like’ foetus
A 23-year-old young mother simply identified as Wu, has reportedly terminated her 6-months pregnancy after finding out she was carrying a mermaid-like foetus in her womb when she was examined by doctors in Yichang City, in Central China’s Hubei Province.
It was learnt that doctors at the hospital told the woman that the foetus was suffering from a condition known as sirenomelia, or ‘Mermaid Syndrome’, a rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving them the appearance of a mermaid’s tail.
Milagros Cerron, a child born with sirenomelia (Mermaid Syndrome), who later underwent a successful operation to separate her legs
Despite carrying the foetus for half a year, Wu decided to terminate her pregnancy after specialists estimated that the baby would only be able to survive for a few hours after birth.
The causes of Mermaid Syndrome are still a medical mystery, and it is said to occur only once in every 100,000 pregnancies.