The one thing parents hope for when they find out they’re expecting is for a healthy child. And, with the power of modern medicine and all the research that has gone into prenatal health, the vast majority of pregnancies do result in healthy births.

However, in some sad cases, the dream of becoming a parent can quickly slide into the realm of nightmares. The processes happening inside the womb are incredibly complex; it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. The forces of genetics are powered up, and nutrition, environment, and the mother’s health can all have an impact on growth. And when the growth of a fetus goes wrong, the results can be nothing short of tragic.

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1. The Mermaid Syndrome

Scientifically known as Sirenomelia, this birth defect will cause the child’s limbs to fuse together. This rare syndrome mainly affects the legs, causing the child to resemble a mermaid. The babies born with this defect are not known to live for long as they lack genitals and at times kidneys too.

2. Extra Fingers and Toes

The scientific term for this weird birth defect is Polydactyly. The children born with this defect will have extra fingers or toes. This is a defect that can be sorted out easily as the extra parts can be removed surgically.

3. The Lobster claw Symptom

This birth defect is known as Ectrodactyly and causes the hands and feet to split, thus resembling the claws of a lobster. Most often than not,this syndrome does not hinder with the functioning of hands, but it might be a different case with the feet.

4. Ambras Syndrome

This condition is called Hypertrichosis and causes excessive growth of hair all over the body. There will be so much hair that the person will resemble a werewolf. This weird birth defect can be cured through laser hair removal treatments.