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Vittorio Micheli - the Lourdes miracle healing that
wasn't a miracle!
There is no evidence of an amputee getting a new limb as
a result of a miracle. The Church has to make do with tissue that was missing
and allegedly grew back. That is what it did with the Vittorio Micheli case.
Vittorio Micheli was in his twenties.
He could barely move for he had a large growth on his
His left leg seemed to have got shorter.
He felt very unwell.
He was given vitamins and ACTH.
There was no improvement.
Then a biopsy was organised.
As a result of a biopsy, he got a bad diagnosis. It was
believed he had a sarcoma type tumour on his hip that had decimated the bone.
He had had no treatment for cancer.
His leg was no use to him.
In 1963 he went to Lourdes in France.
A number of weeks later, a cast he was wearing was
A bone re-growth far beyond anything that could be
expected by science had taken place or so the Lourdes Medical Bureau said. "A
remarkable reconstruction of the iliac bone and cotyloid cavity has taken place
- overwhelming bone reconstruction has taken place of a type unknown in the
annals of world medicine."
He was cured.
Today he has a limp and wears a special shoe to help deal
The question is, What had Lourdes to do with this if
As usual, there are questions over the original
And he had treatment of a chemical nature before he went
After the mass was seen on his buttock he was made to
wait 36 days before an x ray was given!
He was treated with useless vitamins.
And he had to wait 46 days for a hospital biopsy.
Remissions of tumours like his are very rare but they do
Why does the Lourdes Bureau that was investigating refuse
to give out proper copies of the x-rays. All that is going about is bad quality
And unless a surgeon opened the man to look at his hip, there would be no way of telling if he really did regenerate the bone or if it was a case of pseudoarthrosis which can be mistaken for bone growth.
Micheli was told twice he had only days to live and both
times the doctors were wrong. It is in his report.
He spent ten months in a hospital before he went to
Lourdes. The claim that he had no treatment for the alleged cancer is definitely
spurious. Treatment was available and he probably had it and the information was
lost or not recorded. It is hard to believe they gave him nothing but nutrients
and drugs to control the pain.
How reliable was the diagnosis when instead of getting
the biopsy done as soon as the tumour was found it took 43 days for it to be
done? It does not look like that there really was definitely a cancer.
If there was, there are a handful of reports of cancer
such as his going into remission. A similar case but involving no alleged
miracles can be found in the Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica from February 1978.
And we know that though Lourdes said his hip was totally
destroyed, a medical report from June 1963 says that was able to walk even
without crutches and did not have any pain. Of course he had a hip!
If there was a regeneration, it did not happen after
I am indebted to James Randi's book, The Faith Healers
for this information.
The Church stated in 1976 that the cure was to be the
63rd miracle of Lourdes.