No, this is not the title of a new sci-fi flick soon to be released in your neighborhood theaters. It is, rather, the story of an extraordinary young girl who has been the focus of much attention and controversy.
She is considered an anomaly, a medical upstart who can quite literally see through people and correctly diagnose their medical problems without aid from ultra sound or even x-ray equipment.
I know what you are thinking; snake-oil salesmen and magical elixirs have come back from the dead. I don’t blame you, although I implore you to read on just the same.
For most of us, the expression “seeing through people” is a figure of speech, but this is not the case for teenager, Natasha Demkina, who lives that truth every day of her young life. According to her mother, Natasha seemed normal as she grew up, although she was always a bit mature for her age.
She seemed to learn new things faster than other children, and Mama proudly claims that her daughter could recite Pushkin by the time she was a year old and by age three, she had mastered the alphabet and how to operate a snow mobile!!
Her alleged special powers emerged when she was ten years of age and was sent to the hospital to have her appendix removed. Complications ensued, and it was discovered that cotton swabs had been carelessly left in her abdomen.
Natasha had a second operation to remove the swabs and about a month afterwards, she remarked to her mother that she could see inside herself. She described what looked like a vacuum cleaner hose, two beans and a tomato inside her stomach. She lacked the proper vocabulary, but her mother is convinced that what she was describing was her intestines, kidneys and heart.
Does she really have special powers or is this all an odd coincidence? At the children’s hospital in her hometown of Saransk, Western Russia, doctors ran a battery of tests with hopes of discovering whether this bright but otherwise ordinary little girl really did have x-ray vision.
In one instance, Natasha drew a picture of what she saw inside a doctor’s stomach, marking a dark spot exactly where he had an ulcer. She also disagreed with the diagnosis of a cancer patient, saying all she could see was a small cyst. Further tests on the woman confirmed much to the amazement of all that she was correct.
In addition, a national newspaper brought Natasha to England where she allegedly and correctly spotted all of the fractures and metal pins in a woman who had recently been in a car crash. The woman was fully clothed and had no visible signs of how or where she had been injured.
In 2004 she appeared on television shows in the United Kingdom, on the Discovery Channel and in Japan. A full-time student, Demkina has worked since 2006 for the Center of Special Diagnostics, whose stated mission is to diagnose and treat illness in cooperation with “experts possessing unusual abilities, folk healers and professionals of traditional medicine.”
As weird as that is, dear reader, consider the following, which may or may not refute all of that which you have just read. Tests were performed on Natasha by the highly reputable Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and the affiliated Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health (CSMMH) to scientifically assess these extraordinary claims.
Intended as a first stage, passing this set of tests with a score of five or higher would warrant further research and investigation. Natasha scored a four.
Natasha’s most ardent supporters still believe that she has special powers and that the tests were flawed.
Doe Natasha Demkina have special powers or not?
Some things are neither black nor white or even lighter shades of grey.
Time (and maybe a few more mistakes and/or accuracies) will tell.