A British grandfather who believes that Lourdes holy water cured his most cancers is to have his claims examined by a board of medical doctors in an upcoming Songs of Reward episode.
Kazik Stepan feared his life was over after he was recognized with an inoperable tumour on his spinal wire when he was simply 18 years previous.
Nevertheless, he claims to have skilled a miracle after he bathed within the sacred water at Lourdes, which enabled him to stroll for the primary time in months due to its reported therapeutic properties.
He was granted the “present of life” as he bathed within the pure spring on Saint Bernadette’s Birthday, a sacred feast day in 1965, following an extended pilgrimage he was not anticipated to outlive.
Mr Stepan, from Kent, was certainly one of hundreds of thousands who visited the Roman Catholic pilgrimage web site, situated within the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in South-western France, to treatment their bodily illnesses.
The Virgin Mary is claimed to have urged Saint Bernadette of Lourdes to drink and bathe in water from a spring within the Grotto of Massabielle.
The commerce in spiritual gadgets and Lourdes water has flourished since apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been first reported within the 19th century.
One hundred individuals declare to have been miraculously healed there yearly.
However the church, which by no means formally encourages the devotional use of water, has solely licensed 70 miracles.
Now 71, Mr Stepan is returning to Lourdes to see if his miracle might be verified by the Worldwide Medical Committee of Lourdes, comprised of 30 medical doctors.
Earlier than a miracle is confirmed, the unique prognosis have to be confirmed to be incurable earlier than the medical doctors can say if the affected person has been “blessed” with a “permanent recovery” or if they’re mendacity.
The committee is because of announce the result of Stepan’s case in October.
If the miracle is confirmed, he’ll change into the primary Briton to have been cured on the holy web site.
The Songs of Reward Episode will air on 15 September on BBC One.