You probably heard of stories where religious statues start to bleed blood from the eyes. I’m from a country that puts high emphasis on religious faith and hearing stories about these miracles is more common in the rural areas.
I knew about this phenomenon years back when from a microbiology textbook and it was a pretty cool trivia to know. That being said, working as a resident pathologist, there are seldom cases where consultants of our own or from other departments would discretely come into our office and bring these miracle samples. Of course I knew I already gave away the conclusion to the story from the title but it still fascinates to see these rare event happening.
There's plenty of write ups about the phenomenon online. Just key in S. marcescens and miracles. This stuff has been happening since medieval times. And this is my beef with how history is documented as facts, old historians aren't scientists that were trained with the scientific method to validate claims. So if they just describe stuff to the best of what they are familiar with and ascribe some myth to the tale, they aren't going to be faulted for it. They're not scientists that would doubt their own observations and go through different lengths to test their beliefs.
A statue from a church unnamed started to bleed out from their eyes. The church caretakers took samples and asked their doctor friend if they could have these samples tested discretely. Now the hype starts to build at the idea that if there were indeed blood in the sample, the Vatican would be phoned up to investigate the miracle.
The unwritten protocol in the office is to shut up and pretend we saw nothing. The bring in the sample, make a fake name just to have a front to run some tests to verify whether it’s real blood or not. Of course right off the bat I just spoke out of line and called it Serratia marcescens which immediately made me regret thinking out loud.
You just don’t pop someone’s religious bubble ideas out of the blue. Let the scientific method rule it out. I took the hint and just went out of the office than face the ire. At the back of my head, these people also knew where I was coming from so it’s all good. It’s not that I’ve known my seniors and consultants as having hard feelings, that’s what I like about my working environment but occasional compromise has to be done like me shutting up.
I never got to hear about the outcome of that investigation but given that no publicity came out of it I suppose it’s a fair to arrive at a conclusion there’s none. This post is just a trivia post and investigations do happen to validate the miracle claim. There are some bizarre stories about the phenomenon out there that goes as far as killing the people that prove the whole thing was a hoax but that's beyond the scope of the post.
If you made it this far reading, thank you for your time.
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