A young woman terminated her pregnancy after six months when doctors told her she was carrying a mermaid-like foetus, it has been reported.
A 23-year-old young mother simply identified as Wu, has reportedly terminated her 6-months pregnancy after finding out she was carrying a mermaid-like foetus in her womb when she was examined by doctors in Yichang City, in Central China’s Hubei Province.
According to reports, the lady’s scans showed that her unborn child did not have two legs, but instead had a ‘tail’ like growth, and also did not have a bladder and had a stunted liver.
It was learnt that doctors at the hospital told the woman that the foetus was suffering from a condition known as sirenomelia, or ‘Mermaid Syndrome’, a rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving them the appearance of a mermaid’s tail.
Despite carrying the foetus for half a year, Wu decided to terminate her pregnancy after specialists estimated that the baby would only be able to survive for a few hours after birth.
The causes of Mermaid Syndrome are still a medical mystery, and it is said to occur only once in every 100,000 pregnancies.