Superstition Vs Common Sense: The Secret Of The Girl Who ‘Is Pregnant With A Fish’ Is Revealed
November 27, 2018 10:17 By Fabiosa
Despite the tremendous achievements of modern science and mass education, in some places people still believe in superstitions, even when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. A vivid example of this is an incident that occurred in the Philippines.
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For a long time, locals were convinced that 17-year-old Kimberly from province Albay was pregnant with a fish. Over 7 months, the girl's belly noticeably grew as she gained 22 pounds. Kimberly herself assured that it was not possible for her to be expecting a child since she’d never had a boyfriend.
The villagers suspected that it had something to do with an old superstition, wherein women should not swim in the river or ocean during their menstruation and even 5 days afterwards. According to the belief, it can cause various diseases and attract predatory fish, eels, and octopuses.
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When her parents took Kimberly to an ultrasound, it turned out that she was suffering from an ovarian cyst. However, the villagers were adamant as all they saw in the picture was a fish-like entity. Doctors even had to publicly refute the claims of the superstitious Filipinos.
Currently, Kimberly's relatives are raising funds for surgery to remove the cyst. They hope to do it before the lesion ruptures.
How to identify an ovarian cyst
This problem is quite common and many women face it throughout their lives. Most ovarian cysts are harmless, don’t cause discomfort, and disappear in a few months without treatment or medical intervention. However, in some cases, they can lead to serious consequences.
Main symptoms of ovarian cysts
- dull or sharp pain in the lower abdomen;
- bloating or heaviness in the abdomen.
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If these symptoms are accompanied by fever and vomiting, under no circumstances should you postpone a visit to the doctor!
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