Ohio Bigfoot Girl: What Was Life Like For The Beauty With Gigantic Feet?

Date June 20, 2019 18:03

Since the dawn of humanity, genetic anomalies have puzzled parents with undesirable surprises, although quite rarely. Children who are different from others have always been treated otherwise. It was great luck for such boys and girls to get in popular sideshows. And some even became real celebrities.

Fanny Mills was born into a family of British immigrants who settled in Ohio, USA, in 1860. It is not known for certain when parents first noticed the abnormality, but it was believed to have been caused by prenatal maternal stress. During pregnancy, Fanny's mom had to care for a foal with an injured limb that was swollen. The sufferings of the animal probably affected the woman.

This is how the parents explained the disproportionate growth of their daughter’s feet. At a more mature age, Fanny's weight was just a little over 110 pounds. But it was incredibly difficult for her to move. Her feet and ankles were enormous. Of course, she had to get her shoes custom made. Each shoe was almost 20 inches long and about 7 inches wide.

At the same time, Fanny’s photos prove that apart from her huge legs, she was a rather pretty girl.

Her condition turned out to be an extremely rare genetic abnormality, Milroy disease, that affected the lymphatic system. Patients with this diagnosis were characterized by excessive production of fluids, severe swelling, and the formation of cysts and tumors, which led to even further deformation of the legs. This disease is considered to be hereditary – there is a noticeable swelling in the ankles already at birth. With age, the condition can either get better or worse.

Information about the Bigfoot Girl quickly spread across Ohio and the nearby states. Mills started taking part in sideshows since 1885 at the age of 25. Her assistant was a nurse, Mary Brown, who helped her move and monitored her condition.


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The sweet and modest girl hardly thought about her personal life. But Mary's brother, William Brown, proposed to her. It is possible that his gesture was prompted by the generosity of the sideshow management, where Fanny used to perform. They provided her with a good dowry: $5,000 and a small farm.

Whatever his reasons were, William accompanied his wife on tour, but had to take her home in 1892: Fanny fell very ill and doctors couldn’t do anything. She passed away the same year. The couple’s only child, born in 1887, did not survive.

The career of Ohio Bigfoot Girl was very short in comparison to her colleagues. But Fanny quickly became the audience's favorite and went down in the history of sideshows forever, proving that physical flaws are not incompatible with family life.