In a rare occurrence, a baby was born with Sirenomelia, which is also known as mermaid syndrome, in a government hospital in Beed.
However, the baby died soon after.
The newborn had legs fused to resemble the mythical creature.
The baby lived for mere 15 minutes.
Sirenomelia is a rare congenital developmental disorder characterised by anomalies of lower spine and lower limbs.
Affected infants are born with partial or complete fusion of the legs.
“The baby was born at the Swami Ramanand Teerth Rural Government Hospital at Ambajogai. It died 15 minutes later,” doctors said.
Doctors also said that the baby was born with a fish-like body and had its hands spread like fins.
The upper body was functional but the lower body was not developed.
The doctors also had doubts as to the gender of the child.
Sirenomelia is a life-threatening illness, marked by the rotation and fusion of a sufferer’s legs.>