'Mermaid Girl' Shiloh Dies at 10
She had a rare condition but lots of supporters around the world
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2009 3:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Shiloh Pepin, a young girl in Maine born with a rare condition known as "mermaid syndrome," has died at age 10. Shiloh wasn't supposed to live more than a few days, but "she was a tough little thing," said her mom. Shiloh's legs were fused together from the waist down, and she had no genital organs and only one partially working kidney, notes the LA Times. Shiloh gained a large following after appearing on various TV shows, including Oprah, over the years.