Double-Amputee Wants to Be Part of Ariel's World with Her Prosthetic Mermaid Tail

Nadya Vessey was a child when her legs were amputated due to an illness. When asked about them, she said that she was a once mermaid; now with her prosthetic tail, she finally is one.

Infatuated with the idea of being a mermaid, Vessey contacted Weta Workshop—the special-effects team that worked on the Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia series—about creating a prosthetic mermaid's tail for her. Bibbity-bobbity-boo! Two years later, Vessey now looks and swims like an actual mermaid with a comfortable, fully functional mermaid's tail—made out of wetsuit fabric, plastic molds, and a digitally printed sock—and attached suit. Magical, isn't it? [CNet]