Shiloh Pepin , a girl who was born with fused legs, a rare condition often called "mermaid syndrome," and gained a wide following on the Internet and national television, has died. Doctors had predicted she would only survive only for days after her birth at the most, but the girl, described by her mother as "a tough little thing," died at Maine Medical Center on Friday afternoon, hospital spokesman John Lamb said. She had been hospitalized in critical condition for nearly a week. Being born with "mermaid syndrome," also known as sirenomelia, meant that the Kennebunkport girl had only one partially working kidney, no lower colon or genital organs and legs fused from the waist down. Some children who have survived sirenomelia have had surgery to separate their legs, but Shiloh did not because blood vessels crossing from side to side in her circulatory system would have been severed.
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An American girl who was born with a rare condition often called 'mermaid syndrome' that meant her legs were fused together, has died aged Doctors said Shiloh Pepin was only likely to survive for hours, possibly days after her birth, but she exceeded all expectations. She had been hospitalised there in critical condition for nearly a week. Shiloh Pepin, who died aged 10, was born with fused legs, a rare condition often called 'mermaid syndrome'. Shiloh had gained a wide following on the internet and U.