The Little Mermaid: Shiloh Pepin

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago in Science

She was born with Mermaid Syndrome or Sirenomelia. The foetus fails to develop resulting in a fusion of the lower limbs.
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Female 1
I`m sorry to hear of her death. May she rest in peace,and God bless her family. She looked like she was a bundle of joy. My heart goes out to her family,and friends.........
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Male 1,646
i think she is freaking adorable... i want to take her home
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Female 1
for all the people worried about how this little girl is fat. she has had two kidney transplants. the rejection medication causes the weight gain. to be so petty as to mention that in the wake of everything this girl faces everyday is terrible and childish.
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Female 1
@Cunegonde: Do some research you idiot. At the time of this documentary (March 2008) Shiloh had recently undergone her 2nd kidney transplant. Up until that point, due to her only kidney malfunctioning it had been very hard to get any weight to stay on her. Now, the kidney is thriving as is she and for the first time in her life she is putting on weight - meaning she is now healthy enough to consider leg separation surgery if she wants. Obviously she can`t run around like other little girls, meaning her only form of excerise is swimming, which she can now do more often thanks to a specially-adapted wetsuit. She is on a controlled diet (her parents are partaking too) and is continuing to thrive as a happy 9-yr-old.

Which you would have known had you actually watched the docu rather than make stupid facile judgements.

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Female 245
Mikestenger: Yes. I was like... omfg, is that her mother saying that?

something gives me the red flag there... O_o

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Female 400
For those of you wondering about the voiding her bowels thing ...

She`s got to wear what I think is called a ostomy pouching system (i.e. little bags that collect the urine and feces and regularly need to be emptied by her parents)?

She`s got a show on TLC or something that I`ve watched afew times.

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Female 160
Is it wrong that I`m more grossed out by how fat that kid is than by her deformity? I mean come on the kid`s got enough problems already without being a freaking LOAD. Her parents oughta be ashamed of themselves.
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Male 31
Wow. If she has no bladder or rectum, how does she rid herself of the food and liquid she consumes? I don`t mean to sound messed up, but I could assume that from her size, maybe her body just takes it all in and since it isn`t being used for energy, it just turns into fat. Because otherwise, like said in the video, she would die. Poor girl.
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Male 20
"Someone forgot to tell her she was supposed to die."

Wow, uhhhh, did anyone take that bad like I did or is it just me?

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Female 381
wow...... she kind of reminds me of Little Orphan Annie.....
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Male 162
poor kid
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Male 1,666
I think she`ll live a fine life if they figure out a way for her to get a lot of exersize.
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Female 244
Aww, that is so sweet. Hope everything goes well.
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Male 89
bunny: it`s something to do with not making the little girl loose hope
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Female 5,222
ouch mom "someone forgot to tell her she was supposed to die` wtf is that about..
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Male 298
such a sweet child
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Female 70
aww. i wanna watch the rest of it.
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Female 33
What a sweet girl.
Best of luck to her.
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Female 8
She has two bags attached to holes in her sides (about where her hips are)... sort of like diapers. That`s how the excrement leaves the body. They are changed once a day. Wouldn`t you like that job?
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Female 368
the little fat- as mermaid
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Female 741
how does she poop?
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Male 323
when she talks....its suprising, its like watching a hamster shove food in its mouth, you think it cant do it but then, it just does and your like...wow....
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Male 191
"how do you sirvive without a bladder or rectum, its gotta go somewhere ?"-tomahawkjam
She did have pretty flabby thighs... I really dunno.
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Female 2,027
0.o
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Male 1,136
How the fu-ck does she piss?
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Female 109
....That`s so sad. ;[
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Female 216
Ugh, my eyes are leaking some kind of clear, salty fluid now..

|-(

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Male 199
how do you sirvive without a bladder or rectum, its gotta go somewhere ?
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Female 961
aww tears to the eyes man
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Female 146
that was so sad =[
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Female 652
aww :(
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Male 2,388
My empathy chip is blaring remove it nao!
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Male 265
She`s got a great attitude for someone who`s gotten such a bad hand to play.
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Male 1,086
that really sucks...and I think there`s some procedure they can do for the..rectum part. I dunno.
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Male 639
No rectum or bladder? Where does the food and drink go?
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Female 1,264
"Septemberex: "She needs to lose some weight though."

Tell us exactly how is she going to loose weight when she can`t even walk ? "

She can writhe vigourously!

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Female 399
Sweet kid :)

Hope she stays that way.

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Female 311
to all the people AGAIN saying she needs to lose weight - you should probably read through the comments before commenting yourself.
If you had you would know she has gained weight because of her medication - I can`t imagine exercising is that easy either. She was so sweet.
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Female 15,763
Wow, and I thought having no toes was weird!

That`s pretty interesting.

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Male 1,347
so what did she get her missing parts reconstructed after birth or do they bring her in for regular cathetering or something?
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Male 17,512
Septemberex: "She needs to lose some weight though."

Tell us exactly how is she going to loose weight when she can`t even walk ?

That was mean!

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Male 701
I guess the dad has that rare "walrus" disease.
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Male 11
michael phelps is so boned. she`s gonna stomp ass in london. or grazing in the shallow waters of florida estuaries.
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Female 475
"someone forgot to tell her she was suppose to die."

wth. gee, thanks MOM! >.<

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Female 646
Saw this forever ago. She needs to lose some weight though.
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Female 85
That was completely precious.
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Male 1,627
no rectum, no bladder? WTF?
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Male 2,855
i prefer a thin mermaid any day
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Male 672
That. Was. AWESOME! She is officially my BFF, even though she doesn`t know it yet.
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Female 721
I`m sure that girl has enough self esteem problems as it is. However, she seems proud of being different and looks happy with her friends. She doesn`t need legs to be happy.
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Female 1,604
Like how they showed her in water..
good question how does she pee? I need answers lol
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Male 606
I`M A MERMAID
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Female 55
she`s not...that...little...
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Male 30
I would kill myself if I was her. Rain 7 your comment is lil creepy.
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Male 626
She seems very mature and happy in spite of herself.
Cool.
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Female 1,006
HOW DOES SHE PEE?
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Male 2,344
that`s really weird, and she seems to handle it well, what a cool little girl.
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Female 1,386
That kid looks like she has an awesome personality. She seems very mature for her age as well. She probably learned to accept herself long ago and it`s just normal life to her now. You can just tell she`s strong(personality wise). I know quite a few people who were born "princess perfect" and still struggle with accepting themselves and are riddled with insecurities. Honestly... they`ll probably end up in abusive relationships, and just turn into baby factories, leaving no legacies, just lost to time.

Hope this girl finds balance (meds/diet/upper torso exercise) that work for her weight (thats an additional health problem she doesn`t need) , and has a pain free long successful life. If her health holds up, she seems like she`s got the right personality to go places in life.

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Male 140
i wonder how old she is...she seemed pretty happy tho...she seems like shed be fun to be around
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Female 767
i dont understand why they should amputate her tail.
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Awh don`t call it a tail.

She`s so adorable and happy. (:

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Female 2,927
i dont understand why they should amputate her tail.
i mean i dont think it would help with her internal problems and she still wont be able to walk so why not just keep it.
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Female 93
Wow...13 year olds are rude...

No wonder this country is going to the poo pile

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Male 9,305
Wow, she has such a nice and cheery personality. :)
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Female 1,545
"IMAH MARRRMAAAIIIDD!!!"

Hahaha what a cutie!

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Male 928
I`m very glad she`s alive, and I hope she lives a full life, but that music was revoltingly mawkish.
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Female 33
I watched this special the other night. I hope if I ever have kids they have half the spirit she does. She is amazing!
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Female 147
holy S****************T.
She does have charisma.
I could listen to her talk.
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Male 5
I saw this on TV a while ago.

She`s fat because of the drugs she`s taking. She`s very aware of it and wants to stop gaining weight, but nothing she does works.

And a lot of you have been asking how she goes to the bathroom. She actually has 2 bags on either side of her stomach that holds her excretions. Her mother has to change them several times a day. She even makes her clothes specially made to hold the bags.

And the swimming was actually a big deal because they didn`t know how they were going to protect her bags. But they finally made a swimming suit so that she can see what it`s like to swim.

She`s the sweetest little girl and incredibly intelligent and aware for her age. You guys really need to try and catch this special on her on TV. It`s been coming on a lot lately. It`s called "Mermaid Girl" on the Discovery Channel.

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Female 1,566
awww. She`s adorable, and you can tell she`s obviously being raised right. She looks really happy and I hope she stays happy.
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Female 167
She`s the cutest little girl ever. I love her.
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Male 2,788
:C This made me sad.
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Female 168
Wow, seriously, guys?
How much exercise do you you think you could do with your legs like that? Stop being non-nice individuals.
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Male 1,244
Living life without genitalia leaves me speechless...
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Male 71
Eww...kill it with fire! It has no soul!
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Female 327
That moment when she was on the merry-go-round and she kind of looked down and then up at her dad, she looked so sad and vulnerable. It was very touching.
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Male 372
too bad her parents raised her to be outrageously fat
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Female 160
Wow, born without lower organs... I wonder how her digestive tract works and where it all goes...
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Male 776
well at this point i doubt that her being chubby has anything to do with eating.

since she survived as it is, i cant imagine much of anything breaking her spirit though

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Female 1,963
Aww... I hope she feels like a mermaid.
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Female 204
so sad, she seems like such a lively girl
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Male 126
aww atleast shes a happy little girl i can only imagine what shell go through later in life if shes obese and has a fin i think we all can remember how cruel other kids can be
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Male 1,788
I actually saw that on tv a couple days ago.
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Male 1,765
"HOW DOES SHE GO TO THE BATHROOM?"
I`m guessing she had a colostomy?
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Female 1,401
that poor girl. seriously, how does she go to the bathroom though? does she digest her food and regurgitate it?
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Male 3,842
Ignoring your childish "eeew" reaction, at this point I raise a practical question: HOW DOES SHE GO TO THE BATHROOM?
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Male 436
First:
"eeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww"
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

Second"
"eeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww"
Seconded -barf-

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Male 889
It`s ok hun just put your best foot forward and life will just be another walk in the park..
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Male 1,825
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Male 20,829
Link: The Little Mermaid: Shiloh Pepin [Rate Link] - She was born with Mermaid Syndrome or Sirenomelia. The foetus fails to develop resulting in a fusion of the lower limbs.
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