- The newborn, whose legs had fused together, lived for 15 minutes
- Sirenomelia is a rare congenital developmental disorder
- The mother is safe, doctors said
The newborn, whose legs had fused together to resemble the mythical creature, only lived for about 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," attending gynaecologist Dr Sanjay Bansode said.
The mother, Diksha Kamble, 25, was admitted in the hospital today at 7 am. The infant, which weighed 1.8 kg
The mother is safe, the doctor said, adding Ms Diksha and her husband are labourers engaged in cutting sugarcane.
She underwent sonography in the eighth month of her pregnancy but did not take any medicine during her pregnancy, he said.
Sirenomelia is a life-threatening illness, marked by the rotation and fusion of a sufferer's legs. The rare congenital deformity causes what looks like a single limb, resembling a fish tail, in the womb.
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