In the advanced world of modern medicine, it’s rare that something could be called a mystery, or even a true miracle. But these mysterious cases still exist. What can we learn from these mystifying cases? Could they hold the secrets to life and the afterlife or even the key to immortality?
Update: Brooke Greenberg passed away on October 24, 2013. Katie and the entire staff send love and prayers to the Greenberg family. We reached out to Brooke’s family and they said: “Anyone who knew Brooke saw the love and innocence she displayed. Despite her size and medical challenges, she brought joy and love to her family, friends and everyone who came into contact with her. She will be remembered for her amazing and loving personality every day. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.”
Brooke Greenberg is a 20-year-old woman from Reisterstown, Maryland. But at just 16 pounds and 20 inches long, if you saw her in person, you would think she is not much older than a toddler.
“She’s not broken, there’s nothing to be fixed.” -Howard Greenberg
Brooke has not grown or aged in more than 15 years. What could her case reveal about the fountain of youth? Dr. Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multi-Scale Biology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, is working to unlock the mystery of Brooke’s condition.
“It’s people like Brooke who help revolutionize those areas of science.” -Dr. Eric Schadt
— Mount Sinai NYC (@MountSinaiNYC) January 10, 2013
All parents want to protect their children from pain, but Tara and John Blocker of Patterson, Georgia discovered an unbelievable thing about their 13-year-old daughter, Ashyln. Ashlyn can not feel pain – at all.
“Pain is truly a blessing and it is necessary to keep a person safe.” -Tara Blocker
What causes Ashlyn’s condition? And is feeling pain a good thing? Dr. Mallika Marshall from Wellesley, MA is the expert trying to answer those questions.
“The one good thing is she is not completely numb.” -Dr. Mallika Marshall
— Ginni Terhune (@GinniTerhune) January 10, 2013
What happens when you die? We’re all fascinated by the afterlife and wonder if heaven exists. Dr. Eben Alexander was always a skeptic who thought visions of heaven were hallucinations and fantasies. But a near death experience during a battle with meningitis changed the mind of this Harvard neurosurgeon from Lynchburg, Virginia.
“It was beyond description.” -Dr. Eben Alexander
Dr. Alexander’s book Proof of Heaven has spent 10 weeks on the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. What “proof” does he have that heaven actually exists?
“It couldn’t have happened in my brain and couldn’t have happened in the physical universe.” -Dr. Eben Alexander
@katiecouric My cousin had something similar happen to her as this DR and she awoke from a coma to tell us and passed two days later.
— anna page (@annapage3) January 10, 2013