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  • Mermaid Syndrome

    Shiloh Pepin is one of the few people in the world known to have "Mermaid Syndrome." Despite the obvious setbacks, this little girl has radiated joy throughout all eight years of her life. <p> Shiloh's doctor said in addition to having fused legs, she was missing several organs, including her uterus, bladder and large intestine. She was born with a small section of a kidney in her back, but it eventually failed. Doctors arranged her first kidney transplant when she was 2 years old.
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    Shiloh being held by her aunt Alicia.
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    Despite yet another hospital stay, Shiloh, 3, has a big grin for the camera.
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    Shiloh, 3, laughs with glee while playing on an indoor swing at her grandmother's house.
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    An X-ray shows how Shiloh's limbs are melded together. This image was taken when she was around four years old.
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    Shiloh has undergone more than 150 surgeries, many to reconstruct or compensate for the missing internal organs.
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    Shiloh, seen here at age 5, playing with her cousin.
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    Shiloh, 6, at a 2006 dance recital rehearsal. Even though her legs are fused together, she was still able to express herself by spinning and scooting along the stage.
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    Rarely seen without a smile, Shiloh, 7, sits at her school desk.
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    Like Shiloh, Tiffany didn't let her disability stop her from doing things most kids take for granted, such as taking gym classes.
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