'Mermaid' baby dies in Camarines Norte
MANILA, Philippines - A baby girl born with fused legs resembling that of a mermaid died in Mercedes, Camarines Norte just hours after birth.
Jane Sariba, 18, said she gave birth last July 31 inside their house in Barangay Matuog-tuog.
She said she was surprised that her baby was born with fused legs, like a mermaid.
Sariba said that during her pregnancy, she was an avid watcher of a TV soap opera that had a young mermaid as the lead character.
She said she brought the baby to a hospital after the delivery but the baby died along the way.
A neonatologist said the baby had sirenomelia, also known as mermaid syndrome, which is a very rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving them the appearance of a mermaid's tail.