MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

For far too many proponents of alternative medicine, belief in alternative methods seems disappointingly half-hearted. Not so for this enthusiast who invented an alternative form of resuscitation – but sadly failed.

This article explains:

A Russian woman spent more than 4 months trying to bring her dead husband back to life. How?  With the help of holy water and prayer!

The retired therapist said she didn’t report the death of her 87-year-old husband because she believed she could revive him by sprinkling holy water on his body and reading prayers. The woman’s bizarre secret was revealed when she accidentally flooded the apartment below, and a neighbour forced his way into her home to turn off the water. He found the almost completely mummified husband laying on the living-room couch. Forensic pathologists determined that the man had been dead for 4 – 6 months, but found no traces of violence on his body and concluded he had died of natural causes.

Neighbours said that they did sense a strange smell coming out of the apartment, but didn’t think anything of it. The deceased had suffered a serious injury to his leg in 2015 and had been bed-ridden since then. Therefore his disappearance from public view went unnoticed. To make sure nobody interfered with her resuscitations, the woman told everyone that he was fine, but too tired for receiving guests. Even the couple’s children were asked not to visit.

The 76-year-old woman who had worked as a doctor for most of her life, became interested in the occult and obsessed with the work of Leonid Konovalov, a Russian psychic who stars in a television show where he tries to communicate with the dead. “When we started talking to the woman, it turned out that she was fascinated by alternative medicine and believed that, by sprinkling holy water on her husband, she would be able to bring him back, to revive him,” Chief investigator commented.

Is there a lesson in this story?

Perhaps this one: conviction in one’s methods might be good, but evidence is better.

4 Responses to An alternative method for resuscitation?

  • “The Professor must be writing about the ‘Huiyin Meeting Place of Yin’ “!
    was my instinctive thought upon reading the title of this post.

    ‘Huiyin Meeting Place of Yin’ is perhaps better known as the Conception Vessel one or CV-1 acupuncture point.
    Here is one of many easily found elated elaborations of this particular point. As with other acupuncture points, this point may be used for a great variety of problems, ranging from difficult bowel movements through anal itching to constant erections.
    But one indication for its use is particularly interesting in the present context, i.e. its utility in different situations of resuscitation, in particular in the case of drowning!!

    Where may this magic point be located? – A fingers breadth or so anterior to your anal orifice.

    Different sources describe how this point should be penetrated as needed, up to an inch or so in dire cases.
    I can well imagine that a recipient of such an invasive insertion might choose to stop finding himself in a state of drowning, if at all having anything to say about the situation.

    I somehow doubt though, that we will ever get to witness an intrepid acupuncturist rushing with needle collection in hand to the scene of a drowning accident, valiantly removing the victims intimate attire and parting the legs in order to access the ‘Huiyin Meeting Place of Yin’.

    Does anyone know if a successful case has been published?

    • “I can well imagine that a recipient of such an invasive insertion might choose to stop finding himself in a state of drowning, if at all having anything to say about the situation.”

      You just made my day! LOL

  • She “had worked as a doctor for most of her life,” but was she actually trained as a real doctor? If so she may have become psychotic, loosing touch with reality. The limited history provided suggests he may have died from a pulmonary embolus after the leg injury and immobilization, but the cause of death is irrelevant. The case demonstrates how extreme, delusional beliefs can convince oneself and even others that magic is real. For his sake hopefully she did not try her magic treatments before he died when he may have had a chance with real therapy.

  • Well in India we have heard so many stories like this but never ever know anyone in personal. If this is really possible that i would love to see it. Although it would be very miraculous if this would happen.

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