Miraculous healing saves woman’s leg

“I was in shock when the doctors told me,” said Therese, a junior high school science teacher. “I thought he was talking about someone else. But I had no choice. I began to prepare myself for life with one leg.”

Therese sent lab tests and x-rays to the USA to double check, but they came back with the same prognosis. The leg must be amputated to save her life.

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Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Padre Pio Connection

In his medical practice, C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon who achieved international recognition for successfully separating conjoined twins and for advancing the field of pediatric surgery with new lifesaving procedures.

Of particular interest is the case of critically ill Veramarie Calandra, fifth child of Harry and Vera Calandra, who operated a small grocery store in Norristown, Pa. Veramarie was born in 1966, and suffered from a congenital kidney disease. Dr. Koop performed several surgeries on the infant’s severe urinary tract defects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, finally removing her bladder and warning her parents that she could not live that way, and that the child was certain to die.

Mrs. Calandra had read of the miracles of Padre Pio, and in 1968—just a few weeks before the friar’s death—she was moved to travel with her seriously ill toddler to his monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

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Editor of the Vatican’s newspaper was healed through the intercession of St. Pius X

He says: “This is what my parents told me.  In 1954, when I was just two years old, I was struck with a virtually lethal form of diphtheria: it was the vigil of the canonization of Pius X and I was recommended to him by a historian, a Spanish priest friend of my father, don Vincente Castell Maiques.  Don Vincente celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s on the tomb of the Pope to whom my family, of Venetian origin, was very devoted.  I recovered.”

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Editor’s note: Now … to whom do we have to pray, in order to “heal” L’Osservatore Romano, the (often goofy) Vatican newspaper?