I believe in miracles….where ya from, you sexy thing?


by SajiniW
31st January, 2006 at 10:44 am    


A twenty month-old girl has kept the hearts and minds of well-wishers around the world compelled with her fascinating story. Dubbed the “little mermaid”, Milagros Cerron, or ‘Mili’ as she is more fondly known, was born with fused legs resembling the tail of a fish.

She suffers from a rare condition called “mermaid syndrome” or “sirenomelia“. Babies with the condition are expected to die within days of birth, as a result of various kidney and digestive problems. Milagros is one of only three known survivors.

The Channel Four programme covered the events leading up to Mili’s inimitable operation, where her two legs were separated. Narcissistic surgeon and future presidential candidate, Luis Rubio, broadcast the entire five-hour procedure, carried out in February 2005, across TV-networks worldwide. The programme was a fascinating insight into the world of medical politics, ethics and consent, with Mili’s parents forced to watch the procedure from a viewing gallery whilst members of the press stayed inside the operating theatre.

The miracle procedure

The operation was initially a success, with the surgical team able to separate Mili’s legs up until the thighs. Regrettably, Mili became traumatised by the procedure and found herself in the following months. Further surgery will be required to further separate her limbs up to her pelvis, and to reconstruct sexual, digestive and other internal organs, along with her splayed feet.

I for one, will remain attuned to this most-inspiring story.


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  1. PhatBoy — on 31st January, 2006 at 11:56 am  

    Awww!!! she’s so cute!!!

    ^_^

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    Sorry, i dont know what else to say.

  2. SajiniW — on 31st January, 2006 at 12:50 pm  

    LOL, all my broodiness and protective instincts came out when I was watching the story last night. I hated watching the surgeon use Mili as a publicity stunt :(

  3. Rohin — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:05 pm  

    I gave this a brief mention a little while back, but Sajini, what has this got to do with the price of fish? Chilean politics – cool, I like PP’s expanded remit of progressive politics, but Peruvian babies? Anyway, when it comes to medicine…you know who you should be writing for ;)

  4. Sunny — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:21 pm  

    Lol, yeah I think we might be pushing our remit here a bit young lady, much as featuring babies might increase the cuddly factor of PP.
    You didn’t even mention what country she was from and the political situation there :(

  5. Vikrant — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:25 pm  

    Hehe PP’s fast turning into another version of Rohin’s blog!

  6. Rohin — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:28 pm  

    Nah, it’s still far better than my blog. But less weird.

  7. Vikrant — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:30 pm  

    Say what i’m thinking about starting a spanking new neo-neo-neo-con communalist blog “Vik’s Rant”

  8. jamal — on 31st January, 2006 at 11:37 pm  

    Dodgy sounding title (second bit), but this is a great story. And she is cute. I wish her all the best with life.

  9. SajiniW — on 1st February, 2006 at 11:30 am  

    Vikrant, are you drawing inspiration from Justine’s client’s in Adrian Mole’s ‘Cappucino Years’?

  10. SajiniW — on 1st February, 2006 at 11:32 am  

    Sunny – whilst, I agree the link to politics is tenuous, I think Mr Rubio’s use of Mili’s case to further his own political gain is treacherous at the very least.

  11. A Christian Prophet — on 1st February, 2006 at 9:15 pm  

    I’ve seen many miracles… real miracles… things that were thought to be impossible. One blog I love to read to keep me “miracle-minded” is the Holy Inheritance blog. It’s messages directly from the Holy Spirit so open one’s mind to possibilities. This little mermaid girl is already living a very spiritually productive life is she is helping people to open to miracles and the spiritual life they imply.

  12. Lucy — on 1st February, 2006 at 11:10 pm  

    She’s SO sweet!

  13. mirax — on 2nd February, 2006 at 8:14 am  

    your headline for this story is extremely crass and it is not just peruvian politicians who are exploiting this child. look into the mirror.

  14. Scorps — on 9th February, 2006 at 6:03 pm  

    I was honestly touched by this programme… infact I nearly cried again whilst reading that. Mili is addorable but the way her parents were treated was terrible… sitting in a bloody “TV” room whilst all these Journos watch and literally “perved” over her… whilst the Dr said stupid and heart wrenching things like “I’m not happy with the way the picture is coming out on the montior, can we change the lighting”.. i feel upset that it was nationally broadcasted.

    Then the DR who was asked out of love to be God father coming back to the parents and saying that he’d prefer the future PM to be take his place was… well to put it in simple terms WRONG/Incorrect and grrr…

    can I scream now please

    x

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