Blessed by a Goddess

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Doctors and experts are baffled by an Indian hermit who claims not
to have eaten or drunk anything for several decades – but is still in perfect
health. Mr Prahlad Jani under surveillance in hospital.

Prahlad Jani, a holy man, or fakir, who is over 70 years old, has just
spent 10 days under constant observation in Sterling Hospital, in the western
Indian city of Ahmedabad.

During that time, he did not consume anything and "neither did he
pass urine or stool", according to the hospital’s deputy superintendent,
Dr Dinesh Desai.

Yet he is in fine mental and physical fettle, say doctors. Most people
can live without food for several weeks, with the body drawing on its fat
and
protein stores. But the average human can survive for only
three to four days without water.

At the end of his confinement, doctors noted no deterioration in his
condition, other than a slight drop in his weight. "I feel no need
for food and water," says Mr Jani, who claims
he was blessed by a goddess at the age of eight and has lived in caves
ever
since.

from
the BBC

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