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June 23, 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: Mermaid Syndrome (Sirenomyelia) — Episode 2

Mermaid syndrome, also know as sirenomyelia — in which the legs are fused into one appendage — is an extremely rare congenital abnormality, with only three people on Earth currently known to have it.

Yesterday afternoon several readers emailed to let me know that Shiloh Pepin's Mermaid Syndrome story (above) on The Learning Channel, originally aired in December of last year, was repeated both this past Sunday and again early yesterday morning.

I went back and had a look at my original post on the subject in 2005, which focused on Milagros Cerrón, now five years old, whose surgery in Lima, Peru on May 31, 2005 to separate her legs was noted here at that time.

Shiloh, from Portland, Maine, now nine years old, met the world's oldest known person with sirenomyelia, 21-year-old Tiffany Yorks of Tampa, Florida, early last year.

June 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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