NATASHA DEMKINA has stunned the medical world with what
appears to be her incredible gift to spot illnesses with X-ray vision.
Experts are baffled by the accuracy of Natasha’s diagnoses
– so The Sun put her to the test.
We sent our Russian reporter to remote Saransk to meet the
17-year-old. He has only ever broken one bone – in childhood.
Would Natasha spot the 37-year-old injury?
I WAS 11 when my holiday at a Russian Black Sea resort
was ruined by a playground fall.
My left wrist was broken but healed completely after a spell in plaster.
The 37-year-old injury would be undetectable I thought, as I travelled
to 400 miles east to snowy Saransk to meet Natasha Demkina.
I found her in the cramped, two-room flat she shares with her parents, a
grandfather and sister.
Bear hug ... Natasha at home
I was ushered inside to find the schoolgirl sitting on a bed beside toy
bears, rabbits and lions.
Blonde, in jeans and a red hooded top, she sat and simply stared at people
brought before her, then told them what she could see.
Ahead of me was Anna Tunyova, a 39-year-old saleswoman. She told Natasha:
“I’ve had horrid pains in my stomach. The doctors can’t agree what is wrong
and a friend urged me to come here.”
Natasha asked her patient to stand still. For several minutes she stared at
Anna, then said quietly: “You have an ulcer. I see it clearly.”
Now it was my turn.
I told Natasha only that I had once fractured a limb and added: “Please tell
me where I had my accident.”
Natasha sighed and said: “Oh, another test.” But she accepted the challenge.
Baffling ... Natasha with mum, Tatiana
She stared in silence then smiled: “It has healed very well but I see it.”
With two fingers she gripped her left wrist to show where the fracture was.
My mouth dropped open. She was exactly right.
Describing her power, Natasha said bluntly: “I see everything that happens
inside the human body.”
Her 41-year-old mother, Tatiana, was unfazed and shrugged: “Is it enough
proof? If not, ask others who have come to see her.
“Many do not believe her at first but they are soon convinced.”
I later had an X-ray taken. The doctor peered at the plate for an age before
saying: “There is slight darkening where the break was. But it has healed so
well it is very hard to identify.
“How on earth could this girl see it?”
German Garkin, chief doctor at a nearby diagnostics centre, has tested
Natasha for seven years and is sure she is genuine.
Dr Garkin said: “I can’t explain her gift from a scientific point of view but
Natasha is a real phenomenon.
Others are unconvinced. Valentina Krupnova, of the First Saransk Clinic For
Children, said: “I cannot accept it, even if people want to believe in
X-traordinary ... the schoolgirl in her home town
Natasha often has headaches after consultations, for which her mum charges
400 roubles — about £8.
Tatiana said: “We want her to go to medical college in Moscow and this is the
only way we can afford it.”
Natasha added: “It is tiring. There are so many negative things I am seeing,
people with illnesses, that it is emotionally exhausting.
“I get 100 calls a day and help people as much as I can. But now I have
to do my school homework.”