Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Mermaid Girl" Shiloh Pepin Has Died, At Age 10

Shiloh Pepin, the little girl born with the rare condition of "mermaid syndrome" or sirenomelia, has died. She was only 10.

Sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome, as it is commonly called, is the condition of having ones legs fused together. Shiloh Pepin had gained a wide following, via the Internet and national TV shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Doctors had predicted Shiloh Pepin would probably only survive only for a few days after her birth, but the girl defied the odds. She died at Maine Medical Center on Friday afternoon, hospital spokesman John Lamb said, after being been hospitalized in critical condition for nearly a week.

Earlier this month, her mother, Leslie Pepin, said Shiloh came down with a cold that turned into pneumonia. Shiloh rushed to Maine Medical Center on Oct. 10 and was placed on antibiotics.

Some children have survived sirenomelia by having had surgery to separate their legs. However, Shiloh Pepin could not because she had blood vessels crossing from side to side in her circulatory system. Because of her mermaid syndrome, Pepin had only one partially working kidney, no lower colon or genital organs and the aforementioned fused legs, fused from the waist down. She had received two kidney transplants, the last one in 2007.

Here is an earlier family video:


A condolence video has already been uploaded to YouTube.

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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with Shiloh's family. I am truly sorry for your loss of your little girl.

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May She Rest in Peace!...We Miss you.

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Amazing spirit in this child--do you see how she sees better than those below who write "words of fear"
she isa precious jewel

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Thoughts and prayers to her family.. And shame on you all fighting and swearing on this forum..May God have mercy on your soul!

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That's was really sad for her Family,And Shiloh Pepin could not because she had blood vessels crossing from side to side in her circulatory system.

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Its really sad that she is no more.But I must say she was one of the amazing creations of god.

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This news saddens me. It breaks my heart to know that she's gone forever, I truly admired her zest for life and confidence. She was very wise beyond her years..

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The “Mermaid Girl” was born with a syndrome called Sirenomelia, a rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving the appearance of a mermaid.

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Its really sad that the girl died of sirenomelia at the age of 10.I thank to god that he has given us a normal body,before reading this i never realised this....

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O my god! such a painful and difficult situation it would be for her and her parents..Its really sad that Shiloh Pepin could not get its surgery because she had blood vessels crossing from side to side in her circulatory system...

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Doctors, just after her birth had predicted that Shiloh Pepin would only survive only for a few days, but the girl defied the odds.

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Such a qute child.Its really dipressing that Shiloh is no more.I can understand their pain.

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I heard that, she did not want her legs separated and was a seemingly very happy young lady, also when asked by Oprah if she di mind being called “Mermaid Girl” she stated no with a smile.

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It's really very sad that she is no more. But I must say she was one of the amazing creations of god.

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M feeling really sad for this little girl and her parents...doctors though said that she would survive only for a few days after her birth...but thats great that she survived till age 10...

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doctors predicted that mermaid girl would live for only few days....but she fought till 10 years!!! thats great... but sad to know that she is no more..she was really a fighter..she is an inspiration..

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Hats off to parents of this girl,how they would have felt when would have came to knew that their daughter is born with mermaid syndrome...that girl was also so brave!Doctors had predicted Shiloh Pepin would probably only survive only for a few days after her birth, but the girl defied the odd...

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So sad to hear this that such a small baby was born with this mermaid syndrome!...but she proved to be a fighter! and also her parents who were going through such difficult situation behaved so bravely!

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Thanks for sharing the video..Some children have survived sirenomelia by having had surgery to separate their legs...I feel very bad for her parents

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I must say that this girl is really brave...she fought with such syndrome for 10 yrs since her birth...reading this post i realized that how precious are our body parts! I am really thankful to god for giving me my all body parts all right!

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So sad to know that this mermaid girl died at 10...i had never heared before about this syndrome...its very shocking!

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This is really sad. Well, i would say that there is no problem, as she is with Jesus now. May her soul remain in peace all the time.

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Reading this post i am so much hurted to know about death of this girl! Mermaid syndrome,the condition of having ones legs fused together seems to be really scary!

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This is really painful to hear about this mermaid girl!mermaid syndrome is really dangerous!

Kripalu ji Maharaj said...

The little mermaid girl is so cute. She is really looking pretty. BTW I really feel sorry for this girl.

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj said...

She is looking so damn pretty in the above photo, I wish a great condolence for her.