A letter to Fr. Francis Benac, S.J., missionary in India
Dear Father Benac,
Please forgive this handwritten letter, but time is short and I simply took what was handy.
I tell you in this letter that Christopher is getting better. I am so happy he got into a medical center yesterday. Generally, the first examination affirms that Chris has thalassemia, which we all know is incurable. In a follow up visit he was completely normal; his spinal cord is producing perfect red blood cells with a normal blood count. His doctor is amazed. I must send this letter today, so please forgive its brevity.
Signed: Lemon Village, India, 1988
Note from the author: Thalassemia is an inherited disorder mostly found in Mediterranean countries. According to the pathology clinic of Professor A. Pedro Pons, these children are born healthy but in a few months their parents notice they are pale and they come down with a fever. It usually appears after three months of age and before two years, and most of them die before age six from a blood clot in the brain or lung. The disease is always fatal.
Father Francis A. Benac, whom I have known as a friend, told me he had commended the healing of the child to Our Lady of Carmel of Garabandal. The prayer was answered.
Reprinted with kind permission from Garabandal Journal May-June 2006