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Girl becomes a Mermaid for a Day at Mandalay Bay

Posted: 4:35 PM, May 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-29 23:35:56Z
Girl becomes a Mermaid for a Day at Mandalay Bay
Girl becomes a Mermaid for a Day at Mandalay Bay

A 3-year-old girl was granted her wish to be a mermaid for a day Tuesday.

Quinn Downing was born with severe epilepsy, suffering multiple seizures daily. But thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil, Downing got to become a mermaid for a day. She often wears a protective helmet and uses a wheelchair, but has been medically cleared to be in the water for her “Mermaid-for-a-Day” wish. 

RuBen Permel, Cirque du Soleil assistant head of wardrobe for "The Beatles LOVE" at The Mirage, recently met with Downing to get her input on her preferences on a custom mermaid ensemble, complete with pink wig. Permel then created two full mermaid costumes for Downing: a dressy costume that will become her keepsake of this once-in-a-lifetime experience; and a costume in which she can swim.