CognitiveScience Friday, January 16, 2004. Post by Ricky James
The Demkins family remains puzzled as to the origin of their daughter’s gift. Perhaps, Natasha’s latest surgery triggered such “vision improvement.” Natasha’s appendix had been removed. However, by the time she was scheduled to be sent home from the hospital, she could hardly move. Ultrasound revealed that doctors forgot to remove sanitary cotton tampons from the girl’s intestines. Natasha was once again hospitalized and operated for the second time. In a month after that incident, the teenager was able to surprise her mother with her unique quality. “I see a crimped tube similar to our vacuum cleaner inside of you. I also see two beans and a tomato that resembles a bull’s heart,” stated the girl. Back then, she was not aware of medical terminology and could not provide a proper name for a heart, a liver, a kidney, or intestines. She simply compared what she saw to fruits and vegetables.
Medical workers of children’s hospital N1 decided to conduct several experiments in order to gain some insight into the girl’s gift. Natasha was shown a woman with a whole bunch of illnesses. The girl managed to list every single one of them. Further ultrasound examination simply proved her final diagnosis.
Natasha is capable of distinguishing even the tiniest pathology on a molecular level in the deepest corners of a human body, which are usually left undetected by regular ultrasound. “It’s like having double vision. I can switch from one to the other in no time if I need to know a person’s health problem,” says the teenager. “I see an entire human organism. It is difficult to explain how I determine specific illnesses. There are certain impulses that I feel from the damaged organs. The secondary vision works only in daytime and is asleep at night.”
Natasha began her studies at a multi-disciplined academy at the Moscow’s State University of Ogarev in order to learn more about organisms’ phenomenal qualities. There she specializes in medicine. “Being able to use medical terminology, I will be able to state the final diagnosis more accurately. I have to know and understand what I see. This will definitely ease my work with people who come for consultations,” states Natasha.
In the meantime, the number of people willing to attend the girl’s consultations increases day after day. News about her wonderful gift has quickly spread around their district. Today, the Demkins family accepts about twenty phone calls a day with cries for help.
“We even have people standing in line right before our door,” says Natasha. “I cannot turn them down. I do not accept any monetary rewards either. That is why I am often exhausted by the end of the day. Some people do not even thank me.”
Doctors themselves often pay visits to the girl. Several times Natasha disproved their final diagnoses. “There was once a lady who had been diagnosed with cancer. I looked at her and did not notice anything like it, just a small cyst. The woman however stated that she had just been diagnosed with cancer.” Secondary examination however revealed that Natasha had been right.
“I would like to get into Moscow’s medical academy of Sechenov. However, I do not think that I will be able to pay for my studies- 70,000 rubles annually. Not even my gift can help me in these matters,” says Natasha.
Natasha is right. Despite a number of experiments and thorough medical examinations, the girl’s gift still needs to be backed up by scientific evidences and facts. Today, the girl hopes that scientists will notice her and conduct all the necessary experiments. “I have nothing to hide,” says Natasha. “Let them experiment with me. Perhaps, they will be able to explain the nature of my secondary vision. Then I guess I will have a chance to study at the most prestigious medical school.”
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