|Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda helps Milagros Cerron, 6, to walk during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. Milagros, known as the 'Little Mermaid' because of a rare birth defect in which her legs are joined together, is making good progress after being operated three times in the last five years in Peru, doctor Rubio said. (Photo source: bbs. huanqiu.com)
, May 2 (Xinhuanet) -- In Spanish, "Milagros" means "miracles". That is why Milagros' parents chose the beautiful name for their little daughter.
Milagros was born with a rare congenital defect known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome," which left her legs connected from the heels to her groin.
Now the Peruvian girl Milagros Cerron has just turned six years old. She danced in front of media at her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall on April 27.
According to Dr. Luis Rubio, head of the surgical team that separated Milagros' legs, and rebuilt her knees, hips and ankles, the girl is making good progress.
Born in a village in the Andes, Milagros has received three major operations in the last five years in Peru.
In June 2005 doctors successfully performed risky surgery to separate her legs to above her knees, and the second operation was carried out to separate the remaining fused tissue just below the groin.
Milagros still has a long way to go. She will need to have her urinary and sexual organs reconstructed, in two years.
Each step the mermaid girl took has been followed by intense media coverage and under close watch by people around the world.