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RIP: Shiloh Pepin, “Mermaid Girl”


Heartbreaking news: Shiloh Pepin, the 10-year-old girl who was born with a rare condition commonly known as “mermaid syndrome,” passed away this weekend. I first learned about Shiloh by watching a special on Discovery Health about her life and was blown away by her spirit. Her condition, “sirenomelia,” caused her to be born with her legs fused together — she had no colon or genital organs and only one partially working kidney. Still, Shiloh was full of life and never seemed to feel sorry for herself, despite her daily struggles. May she rest in peace. [AP]

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