Meet Myrtle Corbin, the woman with 4 legs who raised a family

Meet Myrtle Corbin, the woman with 4 legs who raised a family

- On 12 May, 1868, a woman with unique looks was born in Texas

- Myrtle Corbin was born with four legs as a result of a condition called dipygus

- Despite her abnormal physique, she managed to have children and a family

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Myrtle Corbin was an American sideshow performer who was known as 'The Four-Legged Girl from Texas'.

Corbin was born with four legs due to a medical condition called dipygus - which meant she had two pelvises.

Briefly.co.za decided to gather four quick facts about the unique-looking woman who raised her own family.

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1. Early life

Corbin was born in Texas to a 25-year-old father, William H Corbin, and his wife, Nancy Corbin, who was 34 at the time.

According to reports, her parents looked so much alike that doctors felt the need to point out they were not related.

The Corbins had eight children - four sons and four daughters.

2. Career

At the age of 13, Corbin entered the sideshow circuit. She quickly became the famous 'Four-Legged Girl from Texas'.

She became so popular that several other exhibitions faked four-legged women.

3. Personal life

At the age of 19, Corbin married James Clinton Bicknell, with whom she had five kids. Corbin raised her four daughters and a son despite her exceptional looks.

4. Death

Corbin passed away at the age of 60 in Texas. Her family had her coffin covered in concrete and several members waited while it dried.

According to reports, the family stood watch to prevent grave robbers from digging her up and stealing her corpse.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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