|The Tucamari News, 5 Aug. 1915|
I’m no doctor but it doesn’t seem realistic that a frog could survive inside of a person’s stomach, but these clippings from historic newspapers suggest that living frogs have been found inside of people on several occasions. Whether they’re fact-based or total fiction, they’re at least interesting to read.
The Tucumcari News in New Mexico printed “Frog In Baby’s Stomach,” an article about a Chicago infant who allegedly swallowed a tadpole. That tadpole lived off of ingested milk and developed into a full-grown frog before surgical removal.
Mrs. Wolf, the mother, gave the baby water from a hydrant, after which the child became ill. Even though there was flesh lost, the infant was treated for indigestion. When that didn’t ease the child’s discomfort, an X-ray revealed a dark spot on the stomach. Doctors were shocked during surgery when a frog weighing more than half a pound was pulled from the baby. Their best guess was that the hydrant water contained a tadpole, which took nourishment from milk in the child’s stomach.
The baby died after the operation from pneumonia.
|Lincoln County Leader [OR] 20 Sept. 1912|
After reading the previous article, I searched for similar accounts ran across another one. This article claimed that a woman had a living, clawing frog inside of her for almost a year.
After “reducing her to a living skeleton” doctors pumped out the creature which survived for a few minutes before dying. It was then kept in a jar of alcohol. The lady had supposedly swallowed a tadpole in water drawn from her well.
|Juniata Sentinel [PA] 19 June 1867|
An older account from Terre Haute, Indiana involved a teenage girl whose abdominal area seemed to be the source of a loud croaking sound. After some swooning a surgeon pulled a green frog almost four inches in length from her stomach.
Because I know you’re jumping at the chance to read more Tales from the Croak Side, here are a few similar stories.
|The Brownsville Daily Herald [TX] 12 July 1906|
|The Bemidji Daily Pioneer [Minn.] 7 Sept. 1909|
|Palestine Daily Herald [TX] 10 Sept. 1903|