The little mermaid.

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About this work


Shiloh Pepin is an 8-year-old girl with sirenomelia, an extremely rare condition in which her legs are fused together like a mermaid's tail. It is commonly known as mermaid syndrome. Very few children survive to birth with this condition let alone beyond birth. Shiloh was born with just a quarter of a kidney, virtually no large bowel, one ovary and no genitals or rectum but she has beaten the odds and has made it to 8 years old. Due to her kidney problems she has not been able to consider leg separation surgery - detailed x-ray footage shows how her physiology is constructed. However now her kidneys have settled she can finally consider surgery but she is completely reluctant.


UK : Five, 2008.

Physical description

1 DVD (60 min.) : sound, color.

Copyright note

Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2008.


Broadcast on 9 October, 2008

Creator/production credits

A Firecracker Film Production for Five.



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