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Nadya Vessey lost her legs as a child but now she swims like a mermaid.

Ms Vessey's mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed.

She lost both legs below the knee from a medical condition when she was a child and told Close Up last night her long-held dream had come true.

The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand. Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. "What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid."

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14 Responses:

  1. Now that's pretty cool.

    Even for a furry.

  2. 0ntological says:

    People named Nadya= extreme. Extremely pregnant (suleman), extremely weird but kind of awesome (this lady), extremely succesful (comaniche), and extremely whatever I am.

  3. ivan_ghandhi says:

    I read a story, a fiction, about such a woman. By a British author, I guess.

  4. marapfhile says:

    god bless you kiwis, for you have at last given the world a mammalian mermaid

  5. If this is how she expects to gain an immortal soul, I
    suspect she's going about it in the wrong direction.