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** It's never mentioned in-series what killed [[spoiler:Leopardstar]]. Her disease is beyond the comprehension of cats and wouldn't respond to any medicine. It involved frequent thirst, extreme weight loss, constant hunger, and increased weakness.. WordOfGod is that she was diabetic.

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** It's never mentioned in-series what killed [[spoiler:Leopardstar]]. Her disease is beyond the comprehension of cats and wouldn't respond to any medicine. It involved frequent thirst, extreme weight loss, constant hunger, and increased weakness..weakness. WordOfGod is that she was diabetic.



** According to the writers, Moth Flight has ADD, but none of the characters in-series understand it.

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** According to the writers, Moth Flight has ADD, but none of the characters in-series understand it.it (and, due to the AmbiguousTimePeriod, she probably predates the disorder being named).



** After Ama Clutch steps on a rusty nail, she's afraid she'll fall ill with "the frozen-face syndrome", AKA tetanus.

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** After Ama Clutch steps on a rusty nail, nail in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', she's afraid she'll fall ill with "the frozen-face syndrome", AKA tetanus.


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[=GRRM=] is ''very'' fond of this trope in his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series.

* Robert Arryn is described as having "the shaking sickness", episodes of which are clearly described as epileptic seizures. The characters only know how to treat this by using leeches.
* Yezzan zo Qaggaz's condition greatly resembles viral hepatitis.
* Heke (the first Reek) had something that has to be [[https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/trimethylaminuria trimethylaminuria]].
* The bloody flux is obviously a dysentery analogue.
* The disease from which Lord Hoster Tully is dying is heavily hinted to be cancer.
* Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism caused by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achondroplasia achondroplasia]]. In the first book, Tyrion was capable of doing impressive physical stunts in spite of his small size, but [=GRRM=] eliminated them after learning that this is impossible for a person with achondroplasia. [[{{Fanon}} Some readers]] also believe that Tyrion is a human chimera because of his mismatched eyes, two colored hair and the fact that fraternal twins run in the Lannister family.
* The CrapsackWorld of the books is filled with psychopaths, the most notable being Cersei, Joffrey and Ramsay. They have no empathy, remorse nor can they even refrain themselves from inflicting danger when that would serve their own interest better. Joffrey even tortured animals to death when he was a child, which is common in serial killers.
* Stannis Baratheon's obsession with rules and general ineptitude in social bonding (especially in contrast to his two charismatic brothers) has been interpreted by readers as being somewhere in the Autistic spectrum.
* Sweets, Yezzan's favorite slave, is intersex.
* Maelys the Monstrous, the last Blackfire pretender, had a parasitic twin in the form of a smaller, secondary head sticking out of his neck. Unrealistically, the people of [=ASOIAF=] were aware that this was caused by Maelys absorbing his twin in utero and considered him an involuntary [[SiblingMurder kinslayer]].
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* ''Literature/WorldOfTheFiveGods'' series:
** ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'': Ista sees the youngest child of her ArchNemesis and describes her as having the characteristics of "those children born to a woman late in life"--very clearly talking about Down Syndrome.
** ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': A physician enthusiastically tells a horrified Cazaril that his tumor could have grown teeth or hair, ie a teratoma. He attributes it to [[BodyHorror a demon attempting to grow a body and escape into the material world]].
** ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'': After a wolf-spirit sends the hero into a kind of metaphysical seizure, Hallana--a sorceress/physician acolyte--comments, "I have seen the falling sickness, and that was not it."
* The description of "Summer Fever" in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Darian's Tale/the Owl Trilogy]]'' makes it sound just like polio, right down to being (what a modern doctor would call) a viral disease.

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* ''Literature/WorldOfTheFiveGods'' series:
** ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'': Ista sees the youngest child of her ArchNemesis
In ''Literature/TheColdMoons'', over thirty badgers get ill after staying in a blizzard all day and describes her as having the characteristics of "those children born then going to a woman late sleep in life"--very clearly talking about Down Syndrome.
** ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': A physician enthusiastically tells
a horrified Cazaril warm, steamy cave. Their illness is a dangerous one that his tumor could have grown teeth or hair, ie a teratoma. He attributes it to [[BodyHorror a demon attempting to grow a body causes fever and escape into fluid to build up in the material world]].
** ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'': After a wolf-spirit sends the hero into a kind of metaphysical seizure, Hallana--a sorceress/physician acolyte--comments, "I have seen the falling sickness, and
lungs. This sickness can only be cured with [[ThatOldTimePrescription marshmallow roots]]. It's clear that was not it."
* The description of "Summer Fever" in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Darian's Tale/the Owl Trilogy]]'' makes it sound just like polio, right down to being (what a modern doctor would call) a viral disease.
the badgers are ill with pneumonia.



* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': The description of "Summer Fever" in ''Darian's Tale/the Owl Trilogy'' makes it sound just like polio, right down to being (what a modern doctor would call) a viral disease.



* ''Literature/TheLighthouseDuet'': Valen repeatedly complains about his difficulties with reading, at one point explaining to another character that when he looks at a page, the writing seems to twist around before his eyes. It's pretty clear that he suffers from severe dyslexia.



* ''Literature/TheLighthouseDuet'': Valen repeatedly complains about his difficulties with reading, at one point explaining to another character that when he looks at a page, the writing seems to twist around before his eyes. It's pretty clear that he suffers from severe dyslexia.

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* ''Literature/TheLighthouseDuet'': Valen repeatedly complains about [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin GRRM]] is ''very'' fond of this trope in his difficulties ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series.
** Robert Arryn is described as having "the shaking sickness", episodes of which are clearly described as epileptic seizures. The characters only know how to treat this by using leeches.
** Yezzan zo Qaggaz's condition greatly resembles viral hepatitis.
** Heke (the first Reek) had something that has to be [[https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/trimethylaminuria trimethylaminuria]].
** The bloody flux is obviously a dysentery analogue.
** The disease from which Lord Hoster Tully is dying is heavily hinted to be cancer.
** Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism caused by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achondroplasia achondroplasia]]. In the first book, Tyrion was capable of doing impressive physical stunts in spite of his small size, but [=GRRM=] eliminated them after learning that this is impossible for a person
with reading, at one point explaining to another character achondroplasia. [[{{Fanon}} Some readers]] also believe that Tyrion is a human chimera because of his mismatched eyes, two colored hair and the fact that fraternal twins run in the Lannister family.
** The CrapsackWorld of the books is filled with psychopaths, the most notable being Cersei, Joffrey and Ramsay. They have no empathy, remorse nor can they even refrain themselves from inflicting danger when that would serve their own interest better. Joffrey even tortured animals to death
when he looks at was a page, child, which is common in serial killers.
** Stannis Baratheon's obsession with rules and general ineptitude in social bonding (especially in contrast to his two charismatic brothers) has been interpreted by readers as being somewhere in
the writing seems to twist around before Autistic spectrum.
** Sweets, Yezzan's favorite slave, is intersex.
** Maelys the Monstrous, the last Blackfire pretender, had a parasitic twin in the form of a smaller, secondary head sticking out of
his eyes. It's pretty clear neck. Unrealistically, the people of [=ASOIAF=] were aware that he suffers from severe dyslexia.this was caused by Maelys absorbing his twin in utero and considered him an involuntary [[SiblingMurder kinslayer]].
* In ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'', rabies is referred to by dogs as "water-madness".
* In ''Literature/TailchasersSong'', rabies is referred to as "dripping-mouth sickness".




* In ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'', rabies is referred to by dogs as "water-madness".
* In ''Literature/TailchasersSong'', rabies is referred to as "dripping-mouth sickness".



* In ''Literature/TheColdMoons'', over thirty badgers get ill after staying in a blizzard all day and then going to sleep in a warm, steamy cave. Their illness is a dangerous one that causes fever and fluid to build up in the lungs. This sickness can only be cured with [[ThatOldTimePrescription marshmallow roots]]. It's clear that the badgers are ill with pneumonia.

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* In ''Literature/TheColdMoons'', over thirty badgers get ill after staying in a blizzard all day ''Literature/WorldOfTheFiveGods'' series:
** ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'': Ista sees the youngest child of her ArchNemesis
and then going describes her as having the characteristics of "those children born to sleep a woman late in life"--very clearly talking about Down Syndrome.
** ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': A physician enthusiastically tells
a warm, steamy cave. Their illness is a dangerous one horrified Cazaril that causes fever his tumor could have grown teeth or hair, ie a teratoma. He attributes it to [[BodyHorror a demon attempting to grow a body and fluid to build up in escape into the lungs. This sickness can only be cured with [[ThatOldTimePrescription marshmallow roots]]. It's clear material world]].
** ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'': After a wolf-spirit sends the hero into a kind of metaphysical seizure, Hallana a sorceress/physician acolyte comments, "I have seen the falling sickness, and
that the badgers are ill with pneumonia.was not it."



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* ''Series/TheBorgias'': Juan comes down with a disease that is clearly syphilis, just after it was historically first found in Europe (probably brought back from the Americas).
* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. Due to Boris's intense need for privacy and the kind of research he funds, upon his comments to a near perfect physical and reaction to an early warning sign, Hank realizes something's wrong. After learning of Boris's family history of dying at a certain age, Hank's able to confront him over his condition. Boris shares how his father completely lost motor control, mental capacity and before long, dying. He reveals to Hank the reason he wanted him to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.



* ''Series/TheBorgias'': Juan comes down with a disease that is clearly syphilis, just after it was historically first found in Europe (probably brought back from the Americas).
* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. Due to Boris's intense need for privacy and the kind of research he funds, upon his comments to a near perfect physical and reaction to an early warning sign, Hank realizes something's wrong. After learning of Boris's family history of dying at a certain age, Hank's able to confront him over his condition. Boris shares how his father completely lost motor control, mental capacity and before long, dying. He reveals to Hank the reason he wanted him to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.



* Similarly, those suffering the "falling/sleeping sickness" are widely recognized as having either narcolepsy or epilepsy, and since so many cultures in differing regions both recognized it and held a strong belief that [[FaintingSeer such people had oracular powers,]] it's a puzzle for scholars.
* TheFairFolk of Celtic/European society are widely known for their BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[CannotTellALie difficulty telling lies,]] and LackOfEmpathy--so both they and the kidnapped, cursed, or [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe illicit]] part-human children of the ChangelingTale frequently show traits that modern doctors recognize as autism. Unfortunately, with the Fair Folk being notoriously feared, ancient folks extended that fear to their children and a widely known method of "breaking the curse" was to [[BeatTheCurseOutOfThem beat or]] [[OffingTheOffspring KILL]] the "changeling."

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* Similarly, those suffering the "falling/sleeping sickness" are widely recognized as having either narcolepsy or epilepsy, and since so many cultures in differing regions both recognized it and held a strong belief that [[FaintingSeer such people had oracular powers,]] powers]], it's a puzzle for scholars.
* TheFairFolk of Celtic/European society are widely known for their BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[CannotTellALie difficulty telling lies,]] lies]], and LackOfEmpathy--so LackOfEmpathy so both they and the kidnapped, cursed, or [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe illicit]] part-human children of the ChangelingTale frequently show traits that modern doctors recognize as autism. Unfortunately, with the Fair Folk being notoriously feared, ancient folks extended that fear to their children and a widely known method of "breaking the curse" was to [[BeatTheCurseOutOfThem beat or]] [[OffingTheOffspring KILL]] the "changeling.""changeling".



* [[spoiler:Korra]] has all the hallmark signs of mercury poisoning in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' but the liquid she's poisoned with is never referred to as such.

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* [[spoiler:Korra]] has all the hallmark signs of mercury poisoning in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', but the liquid she's poisoned with is never referred to as such.


** It's never mentioned in-series what killed [[spoiler:Leopardstar]]. Her disease is beyond the comprehension of cats but involved frequent thirst. WordOfGod is that she was diabetic.

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** It's never mentioned in-series what killed [[spoiler:Leopardstar]]. Her disease is beyond the comprehension of cats but and wouldn't respond to any medicine. It involved frequent thirst.thirst, extreme weight loss, constant hunger, and increased weakness.. WordOfGod is that she was diabetic.


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** Petalfall was forced to retire from being a deputy because of "the falling sickness", which is epilepsy.
** According to the writers, Moth Flight has ADD, but none of the characters in-series understand it.

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* [[spoiler:Korra]] has all the hallmark signs of mercury poisoning in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' but the liquid she's poisoned with is never referred to as such.
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* Weiss is mentally ill in ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'' but refuses to see a therapist. As a result, she displays various symptoms but has no in-series diagnosis, through the writer mentions a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder in the comments. At her worst, she can go days without showering, eating, or leaving her bed. She also has a history of SelfHarm and suicidal ideation. Weiss suffers from {{hallucinations}} that involve her reflection (which she calls "Mirror") talking to her and criticising her.

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* Weiss is mentally ill in ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'' but refuses to see a therapist. As a result, she displays various symptoms but has no in-series diagnosis, through though the writer mentions a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder in the comments. At her worst, she can go days without showering, eating, or leaving her bed. She also has a history of SelfHarm and suicidal ideation. Weiss suffers from {{hallucinations}} that involve her reflection (which she calls "Mirror") talking to her and criticising her.


* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. There's a family history, no known cure, and remembers how it robbed his father of his ability to move and, eventually, of his mind. Boris reveals to Hank the reason he wanted Hank to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.

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* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. There's Due to Boris's intense need for privacy and the kind of research he funds, upon his comments to a near perfect physical and reaction to an early warning sign, Hank realizes something's wrong. After learning of Boris's family history, no known cure, and remembers history of dying at a certain age, Hank's able to confront him over his condition. Boris shares how it robbed his father of his ability to move and, eventually, of his mind. Boris completely lost motor control, mental capacity and before long, dying. He reveals to Hank the reason he wanted Hank him to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.death.


* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. There's a family history and remembers how it robbed his father of his ability to move and eventually of his mind. Boris reveals to Hank the reason he wanted Hank to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.

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* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. There's a family history history, no known cure, and remembers how it robbed his father of his ability to move and eventually and, eventually, of his mind. Boris reveals to Hank the reason he wanted Hank to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.

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* In ''Series/RoyalPains'' the genetic disorder Hank's benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz has is likely Huntington's disease. There's a family history and remembers how it robbed his father of his ability to move and eventually of his mind. Boris reveals to Hank the reason he wanted Hank to stay at Shadow Pond was not to cure him, but to have someone who'd stay by his side as it progressed, treating the crippling symptoms and dementia until his inevitable death.


* Weiss is mentally ill in ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'' but refuses to see a therapist. As a result, she displays various symptoms but has no in-series diagnosis, through the writer mentions a diagnosis in the comments. At her worst, she can go days without showering, eating, or leaving her bed. She also has a history of SelfHarm and suicidal ideation. Weiss suffers from {{hallucinations}} that involve her reflection (which she calls "Mirror") talking to her and criticising her.

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* Weiss is mentally ill in ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'' but refuses to see a therapist. As a result, she displays various symptoms but has no in-series diagnosis, through the writer mentions a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder in the comments. At her worst, she can go days without showering, eating, or leaving her bed. She also has a history of SelfHarm and suicidal ideation. Weiss suffers from {{hallucinations}} that involve her reflection (which she calls "Mirror") talking to her and criticising her.

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* Weiss is mentally ill in ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'' but refuses to see a therapist. As a result, she displays various symptoms but has no in-series diagnosis, through the writer mentions a diagnosis in the comments. At her worst, she can go days without showering, eating, or leaving her bed. She also has a history of SelfHarm and suicidal ideation. Weiss suffers from {{hallucinations}} that involve her reflection (which she calls "Mirror") talking to her and criticising her.


* ''Fanfic/{{Divorced}}'': The characters don't fully understand it, but Zelda has trouble conceiving and coming to term due to RH incompatibility. Her husband Ganondorf is RH positive while Zelda is RH negative. When Zelda was pregnant with her first daughter Zelda Marie, she was injured and her immune system attacked the baby, resulting in a stillbirth. Her second daughter Mina survived because she's RH negative like her mother.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Divorced}}'': The characters don't fully understand it, but Zelda has trouble conceiving and coming to term due to RH incompatibility. Her husband Ganondorf is RH positive while Zelda is RH negative. When Zelda was pregnant with her first daughter Zelda Marie, she was injured and her immune system attacked the baby, resulting in a stillbirth. Her second daughter Mina survived because she's she was RH negative like her mother.


* Stannis Baratheon's obsession with rules and general ineptitude in social bonding (especially in contrast to his two charismatic brothers) has fueled EpilepticTrees that he is somewhere in the Autistic spectrum.

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* Stannis Baratheon's obsession with rules and general ineptitude in social bonding (especially in contrast to his two charismatic brothers) has fueled EpilepticTrees that he is been interpreted by readers as being somewhere in the Autistic spectrum.


* Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism caused by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achondroplasia achondroplasia]]. In the first book, Tyrion was capable of doing impressive physical stunts in spite of his small size, but [=GRRM=] eliminated them after learning that this is impossible for a person with achondroplasia. [[BrokenBase Some readers]] also believe that Tyrion is a human chimera because of his mismatched eyes, two colored hair and the fact that fraternal twins run in the Lannister family.

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* Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism caused by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achondroplasia achondroplasia]]. In the first book, Tyrion was capable of doing impressive physical stunts in spite of his small size, but [=GRRM=] eliminated them after learning that this is impossible for a person with achondroplasia. [[BrokenBase [[{{Fanon}} Some readers]] also believe that Tyrion is a human chimera because of his mismatched eyes, two colored hair and the fact that fraternal twins run in the Lannister family.


* TheFairFolk of Celtic/European society are widely known for their BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[CannotTellALie difficulty telling lies,]] and LackOfEmpathy--so both they and the kidnapped, cursed, or [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe illicit]] part-human children of the ChangelingTale frequently show traits that modern doctors recognize as autism. Unfortunately, with the Fair Folk being notoriously feared, ancient folks extended that fear to their children and a widely known method of "breaking the curse" was to [[HarmfulToMinors beat or KILL the "changeling."]]

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* TheFairFolk of Celtic/European society are widely known for their BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[CannotTellALie difficulty telling lies,]] and LackOfEmpathy--so both they and the kidnapped, cursed, or [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe illicit]] part-human children of the ChangelingTale frequently show traits that modern doctors recognize as autism. Unfortunately, with the Fair Folk being notoriously feared, ancient folks extended that fear to their children and a widely known method of "breaking the curse" was to [[HarmfulToMinors [[BeatTheCurseOutOfThem beat or KILL or]] [[OffingTheOffspring KILL]] the "changeling."]]"


* ''Fanfic/{{Divorced}}'': The characters don't fully understand it, but Zelda has trouble conceiving and coming to terms due to RH incompatibility. Her husband Ganondorf is RH positive while Zelda is RH negative. When Zelda was pregnant with her first daughter Zelda Marie, she was injured and her immune system attacked the baby, resulting in a stillbirth. Her second daughter Mina survived because she's RH negative like her mother.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Divorced}}'': The characters don't fully understand it, but Zelda has trouble conceiving and coming to terms term due to RH incompatibility. Her husband Ganondorf is RH positive while Zelda is RH negative. When Zelda was pregnant with her first daughter Zelda Marie, she was injured and her immune system attacked the baby, resulting in a stillbirth. Her second daughter Mina survived because she's RH negative like her mother.

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