Nadya Vessey, in her element.
Way back in the early day’s of Never Sea Land, I posted a news story about double amputee Nadya Vessey’s quest to swim with artificial mermaid tail. That post is one of the most popular at NSL, accounting for over a third of all traffic and generating 823 comments to date. Now we are glad to see that her dream is a reality!
Effects shop fulfills amputee’s mermaid dream
Good: double amputee gets prosthetic legs so she can walk. Better: double amputee gets realistic-looking mermaid tail so she can swim. Awesome: it’s developed and built by Weta, the special-effects company that did work for the “Lord of the Rings” movies, as well as “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.
Nadya Vessey’s legs were amputated below the knee when she was a child due to illness. At one point, reports Stuff, a child asked her what happened to her legs and she told him she was a mermaid. The idea stuck with her, so she wrote to Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, two years ago asking for a mermaid tail. To her surprise, they said they’d do it.
Now she has a fully functional mermaid tail with an attached suit, making her look practically just like a real mermaid (if, you know, mermaids were real).
Thanks to Marina for the find.