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"Little Mermaid" makes progress

<p>Doctor Luis Rubio (L) holds 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron just before her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. Milagros, a baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid" because of her fused-together legs, was operated on in a very risky separation surgery.   REUTERS/Santiago Barco</p>

Doctor Luis Rubio (L) holds 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron just before her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. Milagros, a baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid" because of her fused-together legs, was operated on in a...more

Doctor Luis Rubio (L) holds 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron just before her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. Milagros, a baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid" because of her fused-together legs, was operated on in a very risky separation surgery. REUTERS/Santiago Barco

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<p>The fused bones, muscles and arteries of 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron are seen in this 3-D image released on May 31, 2005.   REUTERS/Handout</p>

The fused bones, muscles and arteries of 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron are seen in this 3-D image released on May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Handout

The fused bones, muscles and arteries of 13-month-old Peruvian baby girl Milagros Cerron are seen in this 3-D image released on May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>A February 1, 2005 file photo shows nine-month-old Milagros Cerron carried by a doctor at the hospital in Lima.    REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

A February 1, 2005 file photo shows nine-month-old Milagros Cerron carried by a doctor at the hospital in Lima. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A February 1, 2005 file photo shows nine-month-old Milagros Cerron carried by a doctor at the hospital in Lima. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Milagros Cerron is carried by doctor Luis Rubio during a celebration marking her first birthday at a hospital in Lima, April 29, 2005.    REUTERS/Pilar Olivares PO</p>

Milagros Cerron is carried by doctor Luis Rubio during a celebration marking her first birthday at a hospital in Lima, April 29, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares PO

Milagros Cerron is carried by doctor Luis Rubio during a celebration marking her first birthday at a hospital in Lima, April 29, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares PO

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<p>Sara Arauco (R) kisses her one-year-old baby Milagros Cerron (L) as doctor Luis Rubio (C) looks on at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005.    REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

Sara Arauco (R) kisses her one-year-old baby Milagros Cerron (L) as doctor Luis Rubio (C) looks on at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Sara Arauco (R) kisses her one-year-old baby Milagros Cerron (L) as doctor Luis Rubio (C) looks on at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>The feet of thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron are seen during her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005.    REUTERS/Santiago Barco</p>

The feet of thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron are seen during her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Santiago Barco

The feet of thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron are seen during her operation at a hospital in Lima May 31, 2005. REUTERS/Santiago Barco

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<p>The separated legs of 13-month-old Milagros Cerron are shown after an operation at a hospital in Lima June 1, 2005.    REUTERS/Stringer</p>

The separated legs of 13-month-old Milagros Cerron are shown after an operation at a hospital in Lima June 1, 2005. REUTERS/Stringer

The separated legs of 13-month-old Milagros Cerron are shown after an operation at a hospital in Lima June 1, 2005. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Milagros Cerron rests after an operation at a hospital in Lima, Peru, June 1, 2005.    REUTERS/Inti Lozada/Hospital de la Solidaridad/Handout</p>

Milagros Cerron rests after an operation at a hospital in Lima, Peru, June 1, 2005. REUTERS/Inti Lozada/Hospital de la Solidaridad/Handout

Milagros Cerron rests after an operation at a hospital in Lima, Peru, June 1, 2005. REUTERS/Inti Lozada/Hospital de la Solidaridad/Handout

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<p>Peruvian 13-month-old Milagros Cerron rests on her bed at a hospital in Lima June 6, 2005.    REUTERS/Daniel Silva</p>

Peruvian 13-month-old Milagros Cerron rests on her bed at a hospital in Lima June 6, 2005. REUTERS/Daniel Silva

Peruvian 13-month-old Milagros Cerron rests on her bed at a hospital in Lima June 6, 2005. REUTERS/Daniel Silva

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<p>One-year-old baby Milagros Cerron is seen at a hospital in Lima May 30, 2005.   REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

One-year-old baby Milagros Cerron is seen at a hospital in Lima May 30, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

One-year-old baby Milagros Cerron is seen at a hospital in Lima May 30, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron plays with her feet in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005.     REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

Thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron plays with her feet in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron plays with her feet in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Doctor Luis Rubio holds 13-month-old Milagros Cerron in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005.    REUTERS/Pilar Olivares</p>

Doctor Luis Rubio holds 13-month-old Milagros Cerron in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Doctor Luis Rubio holds 13-month-old Milagros Cerron in a hospital in Lima December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Milagros Cerron (C) blows a kiss during her second birthday in Lima, Peru April 27, 2006.   REUTERS/Daniel Silva</p>

Milagros Cerron (C) blows a kiss during her second birthday in Lima, Peru April 27, 2006. REUTERS/Daniel Silva

Milagros Cerron (C) blows a kiss during her second birthday in Lima, Peru April 27, 2006. REUTERS/Daniel Silva

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<p>Milagros Cerron (2nd R), three-years-old, performs a ballet at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil</p>

Milagros Cerron (2nd R), three-years-old, performs a ballet at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Milagros Cerron (2nd R), three-years-old, performs a ballet at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Milagros Cerron (R), three-years-old, sits near her classmate in Lima, April 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil</p>

Milagros Cerron (R), three-years-old, sits near her classmate in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Milagros Cerron (R), three-years-old, sits near her classmate in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil</p>

Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Milagros Cerron, three-years-old, plays at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil</p>

Milagros Cerron, three-years-old, plays at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Milagros Cerron, three-years-old, plays at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007.    REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil</p>

Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Milagros Cerron (C), three-years-old, plays with class mates at her nursery school in Lima, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Three year-old Milagros Cerron smiles during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall April 27, 2007.   REUTERS/Lima's City Hall/Handout</p>

Three year-old Milagros Cerron smiles during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall April 27, 2007. REUTERS/Lima's City Hall/Handout

Three year-old Milagros Cerron smiles during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall April 27, 2007. REUTERS/Lima's City Hall/Handout

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<p>Six-year-old Milagros Cerron dances for the media during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. Milagros Cerron, 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.   REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Six-year-old Milagros Cerron dances for the media during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. Milagros Cerron, known as the 'Little Mermaid' because of a rare birth defect in which her legs are joined together, is making good...more

Six-year-old Milagros Cerron dances for the media during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. Milagros Cerron, 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. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Milagros Cerron dances for the media next to Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010.   REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Milagros Cerron dances for the media next to Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Milagros Cerron dances for the media next to Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda helps Milagros Cerron, 6, to walk during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010.   REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda helps Milagros Cerron, 6, to walk during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Lima's Mayor Luis Castaneda helps Milagros Cerron, 6, to walk during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Six-year-old Milagros Cerron blows out her birthday candle flanked by Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda (L) and her doctor, Luis Rubio, during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010.   REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Six-year-old Milagros Cerron blows out her birthday candle flanked by Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda (L) and her doctor, Luis Rubio, during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Six-year-old Milagros Cerron blows out her birthday candle flanked by Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda (L) and her doctor, Luis Rubio, during her birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Milagros Cerron (2nd R), 6, sits with her family, mother Sara (from L to R), brother Erick, sister Maricielo and her father Ricardo during Milagros's birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010.    REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Milagros Cerron (2nd R), 6, sits with her family, mother Sara (from L to R), brother Erick, sister Maricielo and her father Ricardo during Milagros's birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Milagros Cerron (2nd R), 6, sits with her family, mother Sara (from L to R), brother Erick, sister Maricielo and her father Ricardo during Milagros's birthday ceremony at Lima's City Hall, April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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