Friday, July 18, 2008

Miracle in Northumberland Street?

This story appears in the local evening paper, The Evening Chronicle, tonight.

YOU don’t have to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes – miracles can happen here.

At least that’s what one amazed mum believes after her daughter was suddenly cured of a hearing problem following an encounter with a nun.

Ashley Huthart, top with daughter Celsee, is convinced she witnessed a miraculous recovery taking place, not at the foot of a holy shrine, but outside Marks & Spencer, on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street.

She believes Celsee, three, was instantly cured of her hearing problems when a nun touched her hand and blessed her there on the busy street.

And now the 27-year-old, who has never followed any religion, is desperate to find the woman she believes cured her child.

She said: “It was amazing. She has had problems with her hearing since she was born but now she can hear everything. It is so strange. I have never believed in God or anything like that before but it must have been that. I’m going to go back and find that nun to say thanks.”

Little Celsee was born with a genetic disorder called Di George Sydrome, a condition that has left her with heart and kidney problems, partially deaf and unable to talk.

On the day of her ‘miraculous’ recovery Ashley, of Walker, Newcastle, and her daughter were spending time on Northumberland Street between hospital appointments. The youngster, who has worn hearing aids throughout her life had been due to visit her consultant at the Freeman Hospital for a check that very afternoon.

Celsee’s nursery support worker, Kay Dixon, who was with them, spotted the nun collecting for charity and gave Celsee some cash.

“When Celsee put her money in, the nun said: ‘Bless you’ and touched her hand,” Ashley added. “Then she went for her hearing test and she could hear everything.”

Staff at Walkergate Early Years nursery are contacting local convents to see if they can find the nun.

If you know the nun call the Chronicle on (0191) 201 6446.


madame evangelista said...

What an extraordinary story. Obviously happy that the little girl has got her hearing back and that the mother now believes in God, but am going to have to reserve judgement on the miracle.

I did walk down Northumberland Street this morning, but no sign of the nun...

Fr Michael Brown said...

Well I did add a question mark. I saw the Little Sisters of the Poor out in Northumberland Street recently. I assume this was one of their sisters too. Most other sisters in Newcastle don`t wear habits and so are not identifiable as religious.

I posted this as it made a change from the normal content of the Evening Chronicle and also because it made a bit of a change for this blog too!

Still following your story with interest.