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Miracles still happen: Israeli woman's malignant leg tumor cured with prayer

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 6th, 2014
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An Israeli woman turned her attention to God when her medical community forced her into a drastic corner. Therese Daoud was told by her doctors that they would need to amputate her leg on account of a malignant tumor. Daoud gave her problem to God - and lo and behold, the tumor disappeared without a trace after her intensive prayer.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Things had an odd way of working out in Daoud's case. The surgery to amputate her leg was canceled three times in a row for bureaucratic reasons. She took this as a sign that she should forego medical intervention and pray.
 
At her next screening five months after her initial diagnosis, doctors discovered her tumor had completely disappeared.

"If someone had told me this story, I would have said that both the patient and doctor was psycho. It's impossible," Dr. Jacob Bickels told TV reporters.

"I felt pain in my foot, ankle, along with swelling.  At first I ignored it," Daoud, who is a high school science instructor, said. Doctors ran an MRI and discovered a large tumor the size of an orange.

A biopsy performed immediately afterwards revealed that the tumor was a malignant sarcoma and spreading fast.

"It was a huge shock," Daoud says. "I started thinking about what my life would look like without a leg."

The opinion among medical experts in both Israel and the United States was unanimous; she should undergo an amputation.

"It was clear to me she was going to die within a short time. She is an educated, intelligent, and sane woman, and when a person makes such a decision and is cognizant of its significance, we respect it," Dr. Bickels, who heads the orthopedic oncology department at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital said.

Returning to her home in Ussfiya, an Arab village outside Haifa, Daoud prayed intensely.

Three months later, she returned to Ichilov Hospital for another consultation with Dr. Bickels, where tests confirmed that the cancer was gone. "I was in shock when I heard the result, I could not believe it. I asked the doctor if it was a mistake," she said.

"I asked her what happened. She grinned widely and said, 'I prayed.' I sent her for an MRI and the tumor had shrunk dramatically," Bickels recounted.

"I had not seen anything like this or heard of such a thing. I do not know of a cancer of this type that retreats."

Daoud underwent another biopsy, which was performed by the head of the orthopedic oncology department. The tumor was gone.

"Every time I prayed, I felt peace and security. I was afraid, but also at peace," Therese Daoud said.

"The effect of things that occur in the soul of man over things that occur in his body is an area in which we understand practically nothing," Dr. Bickels said. "In my opinion, that is Therese's story."

"It's a gift from God," Daoud told Israel television.

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