Critically ill 6-year-old from Ohio fulfills dream of swimming with Weeki Wachee mermaids

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WEEKI WACHEE, FL (WFLA) – A critically ill 6-year-old from Ohio fulfilled her dream of swimming with the mermaids at Weeki Wachee State Park with Make-A-Wish. 

Beatrix Paulus has struggled with tumors in her body, but has always wanted to meet the mermaids.

On Tuesday, Beatrix and her family got to watch the mermaids perform and Beatrix even got into the water herself for a little swim with her very own tail.

“It’s been really amazing. Definitely, a highlight is just watching Bea get in with the mermaids and swim with them and actually go underwater,” said Beatrix’s dad, Ben Paulus.

“We weren’t sure if she would do it, but she’s been so brave this whole year and it’s amazing to see how brave she’s been again here.”

The family’s day included private time with the mermaids, a boat tour of the spring and lunch.

“She’ll be talking about this in weeks and days to come, for sure…. Dream come true, for sure. Wish come true,” Ben said with a smile.

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