Debi Nubatonis, 31, claims to be the mother of the gecko after being pregnant for eight months. She was assisted by a midwife known as Josephine Lydia Hellen Wadu, who also confirms the story. Wadu informed the Indonesian press that while she expected to help the young lady give birth to a baby, a lizard slithered out of her birth canal coated in mucus and blood instead.
Messe Ataupa, the chief medical officer, at a press conference the day after the incident, claimed that something was amiss in the whole situation. “We are looking into whether this was intentional or not. Clearly the womb must have been empty and this is what’s known as pseudocyesis. So the gecko coming out is probably some kind of hoax. Childbirth of another species has never been reported in science.”
Pseudocyesis is another name for phantom or false pregnancy. In this phenomenon, a woman experiences all the symptoms of pregnancy but has no actual feotus.
According to Ataupa, women who get phantom pregnancies also experience labor. Some discharge may have been present as the lady was ‘birthing’ and this could have landed on an unsuspecting lizard, leading to all the confusion.
According to eyewitnesses from Debi’s village, she was visibly pregnant and seemed to have reached her eighth month by the time she went into labor. She called for a midwife on May 30th because the hospital was too far away. Wadu, the midwife, arrived before the birth and when she saw a gecko pop out instead of a baby, she decided to take the ‘newborn’ for a checkup at the Oenuntono Health Center. Debi and her family are now being accused of witchcraft by the locals while others claim that the whole issue is as a result of an overactive imagination.
Footage of the said lizard being weighed in a hospital is also doing rounds on the internet.
If it was a phantom pregnancy, Debi would not have had anything from her womb emerge! So is the whole issue real or did Debi give birth to a gecko? What would she gain by lying about the lizard and why is the midwife confirming the story?
Do you think it’s a hoax?