Can there really be such creatures? What are they, anyhow? Comments? Please forego any ridiculous posts!
ehumn... not as as a mythical creature that we see portrayed in the past. I thought I had heard of something like that and found this:
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), sirenomelia is an “extremely rare” congenital disorder where a baby could be born with their legs partially or completely fused.
Signs of mermaid syndrome also include lower spine or lower limb anomalies, gastrointestinal issues, and absence or underdevelopment of the kidneys.
The NORD fact sheet also states that babies with sirenomelia may be born with one foot or no feet at all, or with both feet intact but rotated externally.
Although sirenomelia is known to affect only one in every 60,000 to 100,000 births, mermaid babies typically do not live long, with the first such case in India only surviving for 10 minutes after birth.
Here's what Live Science says about them and a bit on their history. If you've been to the Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Arizona they have a preserved little 'thing' (don't know what else to call it) that does resemble a shriveled up old man for the top part and a fish tail from the waist down. It's not very big, and is ugly as can be. They called it a merman. But I think its fable started from the similarities the manatees have to the legends. Also there is a condition where humans have been born with fused legs but I've never heard of any that lived long enough to become adults. Okay, I'll revise that last sentence. When I wrote they don't usually live I went looking to see if any ever did and came up with this. Have no idea if its true or not. Maybe I should check snopes.
Okay checked snopes and this is all I could find related to the 'Mermaid syndrome'. Apparently there was a thing going around on facebook saying if you shared this plea you could also donate money to help the little girl. CNN and facebook said that wasn't the case and advised no one to donate, but both of them did donate apparently. Here is that link
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