Splash! Life as a mermaid

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PV Lifestyle Desk : Children with disabilities being treated at Brazil’s hospitals, where economic hardship has crimped services, are getting an emotional lift from a mythical creature of the sea: a mermaid.
But in this instance, the siren is quite real. Carol Catan has earned her living portraying a mermaid and teaching mermaiding since 2012, when she left her job of 10 years as a veterinarian. She is paid for performing at events such as children’s parties but donates her time at hospitals.
Positioned in a wheelchair so that wheelchair-bound children can relate to her, Catan says volunteering at hospitals is among her most rewarding experiences.
Dressed in costume with a long, shiny green tail, she chats with young patients and “they feel included, cherished.”

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