This Girl Was Born With Mermaid-Like Legs – And Doctors Had Never Seen Anything Like It Before

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Image: Piotr Bodzek, MD

So, in June, 2005, Milagros went in for the first of many surgeries. This one was designed to give her separate legs, creating a gap from her ankles to just the other side of her knees. Dr. Luis Rubio led the medical team who carried out the procedure, likely with a few butterflies in his stomach — the surgery had only been attempted a few times before.

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Despite the risks, Dr. Rubio — who had been overseeing Milagros’ treatment since two days after her birth — successfully completed the surgery. In fact, he and the team were able to do even more than they initially thought: they separated her legs from her ankles all the way up to her thighs.

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