Indian Newborn Diagnosed with Rare Siren Syndrome Dies

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Indian baby with mermaid syndrome lived for about 15 minutes.

A newborn delivered at the Swami Ramanand Teerth Rural Government Hospital passed away 15 minutes after birth. The post-mortem examination revealed that the child was suffering from Sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome, a very rare genetical condition.

Baby with Mermaid Syndrome Lived Only 15 Minutes

A hospital’s spokesperson declared that the child was born several minutes after his 25-year-old woman went into labor. Diksha Kamble, the infant’s mother, and a sugarcane plantation laborer, was admitted to the hospital on the 21st of May at around 7 a.m.

Unfortunately, her child passed away after only 15 minutes. A post-mortem examination confirmed that the child was suffering from Sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome.

Sirenomelia is a very rare congenital disorder, affecting one in 100,000 newborns. The condition is characterized by fused lower limbs and morphological anomalies of the lower spine.

Urinary and kidney anomalies have also been noted among patients diagnosed with this condition. One of the doctors who oversaw Kamble’s case declared that the child’s legs were spread like fins.

According to the medical literature, approximately 50 percent of cases of mermaid syndrome are fatal. Thus far, only a couple of individual survived the conditions.

Tiffany York of Clearwater was among the first to be diagnosed with mermaid syndrome diagnosed. Although her limbs reconstruction surgery was successful, the child passed away in 2016 due to her declining health.

According to a Swami Ramanand Teerth Rural Government Hospital spokesperson, the child was found to be asymptomatic during Kambla’s last sonography.


The woman claimed she did not take any medicine during her pregnancy.

Unfortunately, researchers have been unable to pinpoint the exact cause or causes of mermaid syndrome.

However, as far as they can tell, the condition is more likely to emerge in identical twins cases compared to fraternal twins or single births.

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