When 23 year old Wu saw a tail in place of legs on her fetus, she was shocked, but even more upset when doctors told her that the baby had a rare condition called sirenomelia, more commonly known as mermaid syndrome, and that the fetus would likely survive only a few hours after birth, Wu decided to abort her 6 month pregnancy. The post continues on the next page.
There are only two mermaid babies that survived. Milagos Cerron is one of them. The causes of this deformation is unknown, but one in very 100,00 pregnancies results in a fetus with this condition where the legs are fused together.