'Mermaid' baby dies in Camarines Norte

Posted at 08/10/11 3:54 PM

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.