Doctors were left in total shock when a 23-year-old Indian mother gave birth to the country’s second ‘Mermaid baby’ whose gender was impossible to determine.

Tragedy struck however as only 4 hours later the baby was lost.

The baby was born with ‘Mermaid Syndrome’ or Sirenomelia a rare syndrome in which the baby’s legs are fused together. It’s so rare that this is only the second case in the country and fifth in the world.

Muskura Bibi had given its natural birth on Wednesday morning at the government-run Chittaranjan Deva Sadan Hospital in Kolkata, India.

Bibi, for whom it was the first pregnancy, had not undergone sonography and only learnt about the baby’s condition when she first saw it after birth.

Speaking on the situation, Dr Sudip Saha, a child specialist tied to the hospital said:

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“The baby had normal formation in upper part of the body but below the waist its legs were fused together.

"The lower part was not developed completely. The parents are a labour couple and had not sought proper medication during pregnancy due to lack of money.

Due to lack of proper nutrition and improper blood circulation to the baby from mother can create this kind of abnormality in foetus. Unfortunately such babies do not survive.”

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