A professor of obstetrics and gynecology strides into the lecture room all smiles as though he has discovered the location of the lost Treasure of Esperanza.
Before anyone could guess what is going on, he makes an announcement that he has discovered a means to transmit a substantial portion of the pain experienced by a mother undergoing labour to the father of the baby.
He further states that he needs about 5 committed students to assist with this research. If successful, this contrivance will set the very grounds of the medical world on a quake and will no doubt earn him a substantial number of accolades.
After three months of intensive research and analysis, the team comes to a decision to consign this innovation to test. It takes them no time to find a volunteer — a couple expecting their first baby after being married for 7 years.
The husband, whose wife is due in a few weeks, is very excited about the idea as he loves his wife very much. What better way to evince your love for your spouse than to share in their pains especially when your wife had to go from mountains to hills, faced with pressure from families and the society due to childlessness?
On the delivery day, the couple are subjected to an examination room, as it is critical to monitor the wife’s vitals as well as the husband’s. The professor sets the device to 20% pain transfer. The husband feels perfectly fine. The doctor adjusts the dose to 50% as the labour progresses. The husband shows no sign of pain. At this stage, since the experiment is helping the wife, the professor decides to increase the pain to 70% pain transfer.
The husband continues to feel all right, then he decides to have the entire pain transferred from his wife to himself.
To everyone’s astonishment, the husband feels perfectly fine and his vitals are normal save a little complaint of a slight migraine and increased heart rate.
The professor and the students conclude there can only be an explanation to this amazing discovery: a man’s body can withstand more pain than a woman’s!
A baby boy is delivered successfully and everyone is happy the experiment is a success. The first child to be delivered of absolutely no labour pain in the history of mankind.
The professor can’t conceal his joy and is very proud of the accolades he will amass when he eventually makes this invention public.
The husband drives his wife, together with their new born, to their deluxe bungalow downtown. As the husband drives through the gate to the middle of the yard, he comes to an abrupt stop. He can’t believe what he sees by the side of the lawn. He opens the door and steps outside the car. He stands transfixed at the point. He can feel his hands shaking. Droplets of sweat form on his forehead and his knees are knocking. His wife also trembles in the car.
The husband isn’t just terrified, he is also heartbroken.
Just about five meters away from his feet is the most gruesome sight he has ever seen. With cold bulgy eyes, foamy mouth and a pitchfork in hand is the gardener lying lifelessly on the ground.
He couldn’t have been dead for more than an hour — the same time the experiment was going on.