Natasha Demkina (born in 1987, in the city of Saransk) is hailed in Russia as "the girl with X-ray eyes". The girl claims to have the gift of second sight, which enables her to see internal organs of the human body. She describes her phenomenal abilities it as follows:
“I have two sights. I can switch any minute without reason, should I want to see the state of health of a person,” Natasha said. “This switching makes no difficulty to me; I just need to think about it. I can see the full structure of a human body – how internal organs are positioned and how they function. It’s hard to explain how I identify diseases. Afflicted organs produce a kind of radiation. The second sight is active only in the daytime; it does not work at night.”
At the same time Natasha is unable to see her own internal organs.
According to the media, Demkina’s diagnoses are sometimes more accurate than those made by doctors with the help of up-to-date medical equipment. However, she did not manage to confirm her abilities during the experiment organized by Discovery Channel on May 1, 2004. She found herself under unfavourable conditions which had been created deliberately during the experiment, Natasha said.
According to Natasha and her parents, she discovered her unusual abilities at the age of ten. At first Natasha scanned her acquaintances and relatives. This phenomenon was widely covered by television in the winter of 2003-2004. At that time Natasha was about to finish school. In January of 2004 Natasha with her mother were invited to London by the English press and she demonstrated her abilities live on the British television. She also participated in an experiment organized by The Sun. The girl demonstrated her extraordinary powers on The Sun reporter Briony Warden, who had suffered multiple injuries in a car accident. The girl contrived to describe all the fractures of the woman.
In March of 2004 the Discovery Channel got interested in Demkina’s phenomenon. This time the test was prepared by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health (CSMMH) which took interest in the girl. The program of experiments was made by the following scientists: Doctor Ray Hyman, the authoritative professor of the University of Oregon, and Doctor Richard Wiseman, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, as well as Andrew Skolnick who has worked as a reporter and editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association for over ten years.
The experiment was as follows: Natasha had to scan seven volunteers. Six of them had abnormalities shown by X-rays, and one person was healthy. She had to indicate the number of participant with abnormalities on special cards with description of abnormalities in Russian and English. If she had guessed five cases out of seven, the commission would have acknowledged that her phenomenon was worthwhile further study. The terms of the experiment had been coordinated with Natasha and her mother beforehand. They completely agreed with them. Volunteers had the following peculiarities: remote vermiform appendix, ablated gullet bottom, metal surgical staples on the chest after a heart operation, artificial joint of the thigh, ablated upper lobe of left lung and a metal plate to cover the skull defect.
Within the experiment the girl gave four correct answers, although her mother had stated that her daughter was never wrong. Thus, the result was acknowledged as unsatisfactory. Besides, it took her four hours to establish the diagnoses, though she had said it would take her several minutes.
The test had six rounds. Before every test they explained to Natasha in detail (using English and Russian texts and illustrations) what defect she was to discover. Her most terrible mistake was her inability to find the metal plate in the skull of one participant. There were also several violations of the protocol of the tests. For instance, Natasha arrived earlier than agreed and saw two volunteers going up a long flight of stairs on their way to the building where the experiment was to take place. In the test room there was Natasha’s mother, which also breached the original protocol. Natasha’s friend who acted as an interpreter during the tests was constantly receiving and sending text messages.
The experiment organizers associated Natasha’s correct answers with patients whose appearances clearly revealed the state of their health. For instance, the volunteer without defects was the youngest and the most healthy-looking person in the group. The man who had undergone a heart operation was the oldest one. In addition, Natasha chose the only man in a baseball cap as the one who had undergone a skull operation. Despite the above-mentioned violations, the commission conducted the test and took into consideration that it was not aimed to expose Natasha’s abilities. The results were to show whether her abilities deserve further studying.
Natasha Demkina disagreed with conclusions of the committee. She said she had no experience in scanning several patients at a time. She also mentioned the hostile atmosphere during theexperiment.
Britain’s The Sun obtained an opportunity to conduct their own experiment to confirm unbelievable abilities of the Russian X-ray girl. At first Natasha Demkina astonished doctors in her own country.
The prodigy child arrived in London together with employees of the British newspaper.
The newspaper published the results of the experiment in one of its issues (click here to read). The editorial staff was unanimous to choose reporter Briony Warden to test the girl’s abilities. The reporter had suffered numerous injures when she was knocked down by a car in October of 2003.
The woman had not recovered from her injuries at the time when the experiment was held. Before Natasha appeared in the reporter’s house in North London, Briony had removed a plate from her leg and concealed all the visible traces of her injures. As the blonde reporter (who bears her age well, the editorial staff said) came to the place of the experiment, she was immediately questioned.
Briony, 36, said that she had been fully dressed and let the girl scan her. This is how she described her meeting with the Russian wunderkind:
“Her pupils dilated and she seemed to have fallen into a trance.”
“At first she started scanning the injured part of my back that she called “a lockout”. In fact I have four healing fractures of the back and slight nerve damage.”
“She described my pelvis as asymmetrical and pointed to the right side with several fractures. She pointed at my jaw and said she saw “some foreign body” there”. Later Briony said that she had a titanic plate there to support bones.
“The most wonderful moment was when she discovered damage in my left leg.”
“In fact both my shin and spellbone are broken. I was surprised because she found two separate fractures and said that I had problems with bending a knee joint.”
“Then she said she saw “the traces of several metal pins and screws that dinted in the bone”. Without seeing the scars she could not know that a fortnight ago my leg was fastened with several pins and screws.”
“She even said that the scars left by pins and screws were covered with a new tissue, which was absolutely true, for my last X-ray photography had showed it.”
Dumbfounded Briony added: “Natasha is an amazing person. I was very skeptical until she concentrated on my major fractures. I was strongly impressed by that. It seemed that she was looking at my X-ray image. My consulting orthopaedist alone might know more.”
After the examination The Sun reporters described the accident that had happened to Briony. Natasha said that she could see that “all her injuries would close up well”.
Natasha understood that she had a gift at the age of ten. One day she told her mother about the structure of the human body. The little girl did not know the actual medical terms and she described kidneys as beans and bowels as a goffered hose. Her mother was scared and she decided to consult experts. At the doctor’s Natasha described the structure of his organism. Doctors were at a loss.
The girl can scan organs, determine their condition, and detect cells, bacteria or viruses in the organism. She can switch to the second sight at will, but she has terrible headaches after long sessions. However, she can neither scan nor heal herself.
Tatyana Demkina (the mother) tried to conceal the daughter’s anomaly, but their apartment soon became the place where many sick people would come for help. Once came a woman who could not become pregnant for nine years. Natasha agreed to help her and the woman gave birth to a boy in due time. But the happy family did not even invite Natasha to see the baby.
Natasha dreams of becoming a doctor to do her work legally and save patients. Her mother consulted experts several times to confirm her daughter’s gift.
“We’ve been hiding our daughter’s gift for a long time,” said Nikolai Demkin, Natasha’s father. “But her uniqueness became public property, and after that our family was haunted by reporters. Local newspapers also wrote about her and some articles brought us much sorrow,” the man said.
In 2004 Natasha finished school and entered the Medical Department of the Moscow State Medical Stomatological University. She currently works at the Moscow Center for Special Human Diagnostics.
Translated by Julia Bulygina
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