Shiloh Pepin just turned 10 years old.
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Shiloh's parents, Leslie and Elmer, say she's adjusted well to her special lifestyle. Shiloh used to ask why she couldn't be like other kids, but Elmer says he explained to her that everyone is different. "It's our differences that make up the world and make it so special," he says. "I just assured her that God made her differently, and everybody's special in their own way."

Though her life has consistently defied doctors' expectations, Shiloh just hit a big milestone: her 10th birthday. "We're hoping to get many, many more," Leslie says. "Every day is special. But I think now that she's older, we don't spend as much time worrying about the next day. We might look a couple of months out."
FROM: Weeks Before Her Sudden Death: Oprah and the Mermaid Girl
Published on September 22, 2009

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