[News of Cristian Felice’s miraculous cure appears on various websites, not all in English. I extracted his story from www.visionsofjesuschrist.com. I have only slightly edited the version I extracted]:
MedjugorjeToday.tv. reported on 06 October 2013 that Cristian Felice suffered from ALS which leads to sure death. But while in Medjugorje on 26 September 2013 he heard a voice tell him to climb Apparition Hill where he broke into tears. His respirator was put away with his feeding tube to go next. He appears to be the world’s first to recover from ALS.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a killer. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the first patient is yet to survive th neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. However, this first patient appears to be Cristian, a 37 year old father of two from Piane Crati near Cosenza in southern Italy. What appears to be his healing came about on 26 September in Medjugorje. A patient for five yeas with his lower limbs paralysed, Cristian’s respirator has been put away already and in two weeks’ time his feeding tube is set to go the same way, the regional newspaper Gazzetta del Sud reported.
Cristian tells the regional newspaper il Quotidiano della Calabria that his reflexes have also returned to functioning normally, and that sensation has returned to his legs and his feet. While Cristian Felice’s medical files require further examinaton, his physical improvement has been attested to by doctors, both newspapers report. “On 26 September,” Gazzetta del Sud reports, “Cristian heard a voice that drove him to climb Apparition Hill. He ascended the hill along with his wife and two priests. They were the ones to see him stand up (from his wheelchair). They saw him walk to the big statue that marks the exact spot where Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries. There, they saw him cry.”
Overwhelmed by what happened, Cristian is not ready to tell his story yet. Church authorities in Cosenza have been informed of his seeming cure, the regional Il Cirotano reports. On 05 October a prayer vigil of thanksgiving was held in Cristian’s home town. Applauded by about a hundred people, he arrived by walking along with his wife, a Rosary in hand, Gazzetta del Sud reports.
ALS is deadly due to its breaking down the motor neurons between the brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the brain’s ability to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.
[In fairness, it should be mentioned that Cristian’s story appears on www.doubtfulnews.com but the article there is as vague on details as the one above. I am unsure of the date of the above article; obviously there is more to the story yet to be uncovered but it is, I think, worth mentioning for now].