A young mother gave birth to the world's fifth "mermaid baby" but unfortunately lost it just hours later.
Muskura Bibi, 23, was the second mother in India to give birth to a child with Sirenomelia or "Mermaid Syndrome".
Sirenomelia is a rare congenital developmental disorder characterized by anomalies of the lower spine and the lower limbs. Affected infants are born with partial or complete fusion of the legs. They may have one foot, no feet or both feet, which may be rotated externally.
"I had never seen such a baby before. It is the first case of Sirenomelia in the state and second in the country.
Bibi had not been able to afford proper prenatal care nor did she undergo any ultrasound sonography during her pregnancy. It was also noted that the fetus had improper circulation and was malnourished.
The baby, whose gender could not be established due to the fused legs, survived for four hours after birth.
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