Tiffany Yorks

 

 

Age: 27

 

Summary: the oldest known survivor of a rare deformity dubbed the "mermaid syndrome" who was born with fused legs and has undergone numerous successful operations in order to separate her lower extremities when she was less than a year old, who was the longest-surviving sirenomelia patient to date and has survived longer than any other child born with the rare congenital defect, but who suffered mobility issues due to her fragile leg bones and compensated by using crutches or a wheelchair because her legs were never fully able to form in the womb.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications of sirenomelia

 

Born: May 7, 1988

 

Died: February 24, 2016

 

Location: Tampa, Florida