Fact-Check: Did The Four-Legged Girl From Texas Exist?
It was reported that in 1800s, there was a girl with four legs. More surprisingly, she could give birth to children. Have you ever heard a story about a special girl like that? Can you believe in the existence of a four-legged person? Let’s read on the story about Josephine Myrtle Corbin, an incredible American lady.
Who was Josephine Myrtle Corbin?
Josephine Myrtle Corbin was born on May 12, 1868 in Tennessee, USA. She was the daughter of Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy.
It was confirmed that she did exist and lived her life to the fullest in 1800s. Since birth, she had four legs and two separate sex organs. According to Myrtle's doctor, the extra legs were supposed to be her twin, and this is a rare medical condition called "Dipygus", which caused both legs to be in the same person. Each of the small inner legs was the same pair as the outer legs, making her difficult to move at all times. She had four other siblings that were born normal.
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Interesting facts about the four-legged girl
Her appearance gave her money
Josephine Myrtle Corbin was naturally beautiful. Many doctors examined her and concluded that her health condition was very good and she could live and function like a normal person.
People at that time were curious about her strange appearance, so her father decided to make money from her strange appearance by collecting money from people who wanted to admire his daughter. At the age of 13, she and her father traveled from place to place, using her strange appearance to collect huge amounts of money for the family. Despite her beauty, she still became a famous performer and determined to live her life to the fullest.
|By visiting small towns and cities and performing for the public, Josephine was able to earn up to $450 (£342) per week. |
P.T. Barnum, the famous showman, eventually heard about her and hired her for his show, where she worked for four years.
|When she appeared on stage, nothing gave away her unusual condition. Apart from the particularly large hips and a clubbed right foot, Myrtle was an attractive girl and had an altogether normal figure. But when she lifted her gown, the public was left speechless.|
She was admired by lots of men
At the age of 19, Josephine was beautiful and brilliant as a shining flower. The extra 2 legs made her stand out and attract a lot of men. Her husband was also one of them, because he admired her talent and beauty so much.
He did not hesitate to do everything to protect his love. Josephine married a doctor named James Clinton Bicknell when she was just 19 years old.
She could give birth
Josephine developed fever, headaches, loss of appetite, and pain on her left side of the body just a year after exchanging vows. Lewis Whaley, a doctor, determined she was pregnant in her left uterus.
|According to the doctor, Josephine responded with skepticism, saying, "If it had been in my right side, I would be more inclined to believe you are correct." Doctors determined that she preferred intercourse on her right side.|
Three months into her pregnancy, she became very ill, and doctors advised her to have an abortion.
The couple had five children (four girls and one boy).
Three of her children were allegedly born from one set of her reproductive organs and two from the other.
She died of incurable disease
Josephine Myrtle Corbin died on May 6, 1928 at the age of 59 of a skin ulcer disease, which was an incurable disease at that time. After her death, many physicists and circuses spent a lot of money to get her body, but her parents refused. They spent days guarding their daughter's grave until the cement was completely dry, preventing the grave robbers from getting the body of Josephine Myrtle Corbin.
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