Iranian woman 'gives birth to frog'


    Iranian woman 'gives birth to frog'

    An Iranian newspaper has reported the controversial story of a woman who claims to have given birth to a frog.

    The Iranian daily Etemaad says the creature is believed to have grown from larva to an adult frog inside her body.

    While it is unclear how this could have happened, the paper carries quotes from medical experts who say there are human characteristics to the animal.

    It has been speculated that the woman, who has not been named, unknowingly picked up the larva while she was swimming in a dirty pool.

    The woman, from the south-eastern city of Iranshahr, is a mother of two children.

    The "so-called frog", as the newspaper puts it, has yet to undergo precise genetic and anatomic tests.

    But it quotes clinical biology expert Dr Aminifard as saying: "The similarities are in appearance, the shape of the fingers and the size and shape of the tongue."

    Medical history recounts stories of people who believed they had frogs - or even lizards or snakes - living and growing in their bodies. One of the most famous was the 17th Century case of Catharina Geisslerin, known as "the toad-vomiting woman" of Germany. When she died in 1662 doctors are said to have performed an autopsy, but found no evidence animals had ever lived inside her body.

    Now I don't want to see any puns about the poor thing having "croaked"
  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   Tweety

    I bet she was doing more in that dirty water, probably was skinny dipping and..........
  4. by   suzy253
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I read about this! Be interested to know what the 'human characteristics' are.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Nope won't hear any puns from me. I'll be on my very best behavior! :chuckle
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Since stoning is seen as an appropriate consequence for giving birth out of wedlock, I wonder what they will do in this case???
  6. by   teeituptom
    Truth can be stranger than fiction
  7. by   Ted
    Quote from gwenith

    Now I don't want to see any puns about the poor thing having "croaked"

    Ribbet, ribbet, ribbet, rib-ACK!!!. . . . .

    silence. . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Last edit by Ted on Jul 4, '04
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh good grief!
  9. by   gwenith
    I heard teh midwife really had to "hop to it"
  10. by   Shamrock
    Have they talked to the father yet? Gotta wonder how they are
    going to introduce the new baby to the siblings at home. What about a name? Tadpole Beehrooz? This could go on and on and on......
  11. by   nurseygrrl
    Oh YUCK!!! I'm never going swimming again!!
  12. by   leslie :-D
    the mother must have croaked when she saw her baby...
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    bet things were "hoppin" at the local news agencies.....
  14. by   leslie :-D
    i hope they didn't 'rib it' too much.