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Costa Rican woman speaks of John Paul II miracle

Floribeth Mora holds up the magazine featuring Blessed Pope John Paul II from which she says she heard his voice (Photo: PA)

A Costa Rican woman has told how she recovered from a brain aneurysm after praying to Blessed Pope John Paul II – the second miracle attributed to the pontiff, who died in 2005.

According to Floribeth Mora Diaz, she was told by doctors in May 2011 that her condition meant she only had days to live. After receiving the news she returned to her home in Costa Rica’s Cartago province and while praying to John Paul II in her small bedroom she heard him say: “Rise! Don’t be afraid.”

Mora said that the incident occurred after she returned from the doctor’s and watched the beatification of the former pope on television. As she prayed, she heard his voice speak to her from his picture on the cover of a magazine.

“I was surprised. I kept looking at the magazine. I said, ‘Yes, Lord,” and I got up,” she explained.

Speaking at a news conference in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, earlier this week, held after Pope Francis signed a decree ratifying the canonisation of Blessed John Paul and Blessed John XXIII, a tearful Mora said that after she finished praying she got up from her bed, prompting her husband to ask her, “My love, what are you doing here?”. Mora says she told her husband: “I feel better”.

After the incident, Mora’s condition rapidly improved and doctors could not explain the reason for this. According to Reuters, her neurosurgeon, Alejandro Vargas, admits Mora’s condition was potentially fatal, but says he predicted only a two percent chance that the it would kill her.

However, Vargas admits that Mora’s sudden recovery is inexplicable.

“What we found remarkable, unbelievable really, was that by November there was absolutely no trace in her brain that she ever had an aneurysm. I had never seen this in my career,” he said.

“It surprised me. I said, ‘It really is a miracle because I can’t explain it.'”

Throughout her illness Mora says her faith always remained strong. “I always kept my faith. I have always been a firm believer. I have a deep love of God,” she added

Mora’s recovery occurred in the same year that the first miracle attributed to John Paul II took place, when a French was nun cured of Parkinson’s disease.