Published on 23 May 2015 | about 1 year ago
Real life baby mermaid born. Little mermaid baby real or fake? The real story exposed.
Is this a real life mermaid baby, a rare congenital defect Or a photshop hoax?
Recently this image started to circulate around the net showing what is clearly a baby with what appears to be appendages that form a mermaid type tail along with flippers.
The story that is circulating with the image is that a “mermaid-like baby” was born at the Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi.
According to the article the baby was born with clear deformities like no genitals and both legs fusing together to form a mermaid-like tail.
The report also went on to state that the medical staff reacted poorly after seeing the child, they and I quote...”took to their heels upon setting their eyes on what looked like a baby mermaid.”
It also stated that the hospital authorities have been tight lipped about the incident all together.
Variations on the story can only lead me to speculate on whether or not the baby survived.
To say I am a bit suspicious about this story would be an understatement. And this is why...
#1 The story is said to have originated in Ghana, but as many comments on the articles have noted, the baby looks Asian. But that in and of itself isn't enough to discredit the story.
#2 Outside typical tabloid type news sites I can't find confirmation of this story anywhere else.
And 3, I find it highly improbably that nurses and doctors would behave so unprofessionally, especially when it came to the patient being an infant.
But then again, superstitions still run rampant in cultures throughout he world.
There are people in America who believe they have seen Christ on a chip or cracker.
Apparently the hospital is real. I couldn't find any pictures of it in google images, but I found some articles mentioning it as well as its location on Google maps.
There really is a congenital deformity known as Sirenomelia or Mermaid syndrome.
Its very rare (one out of every 100K life births) and sadly, is usually fatal within a few days due to complications arising from abnormal kidney and bladder development and function.
There have only been a handful of survivors with the longest living survivor being Tiffany Yorks who after being born in 1988 went on to have a very successful surgery to separate her legs.
At 27 years old, she reportedly is living a very happy and productive life.
Is this real or a hoax?
In the end I am not 100% sure. I firmly believe the picture is real, as the condition is real and there is evidence of it occurring before.
I am of the opinion that while the image is real, based on my inability to verify the story through any reputable source....the story is a hoax.
Based on my inability to verify the story through any reputable source, I am of the opinion that while the image is real, the story is a hoax.