A Girl’s Miracle-Cure





Considerable public interest has been aroused during the past fortnight by the sudden miraculous recovery of a young London girl who was lying almost at the point of death, and we sent our special representative to the house to verify the facts. Dorothy Kerin, who resides with her parents at Herne Hill, in the south-east of London, is a pretty, bright girl of twenty-two. She is one of a family of five, and when fourteen years of age her parents saw with alarm that she was losing health. Two years later she became altogether bedridden, and has remained so for the past five years. Soon after she first became ill she was sent to a Consumption Sanatorium outside Reading, but, after nine months there, was sent home no better. Then she went into St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and was there for two months. Next a Nursing Home at St. Leonard‘s was tried, with like result. Finally she was sent to the St. Peter’s Home for Incurables at Kilburn, from which she was sent home in an ambulance, with


More than twenty doctors altogether had seen her, and from first to last seemed able to do Iittle for her. For a fortnight before her remarkable recovery she was quite blind, and stone deaf, and everyone thought she was dying. Dorothy Kerin herself is an earnest Christian girl, and has been for years connected with the Mission Church of St. Paul’s, Herne Hill. The Vicar, Curates, and workers from the church used constantly to visit her, and she was frequently made the subject for prayer when the sick of the parish were prayed for. The story of her remarkable recovery is best given in her own words. She said: “I was lying on my back in bed. Things were black and gloomy, for my eyes were bad. But it was Sunday evening, and I was doing my best to be cheerful. Suddenly


It seemed like a great golden flame above me, with two hands stretched out--warm hands--while a voice came, ‘Dorothy, your sufferings are over; get up and walk.’ And then I could see, and walk, and am well. I am sure it is a miracle.” Her mother, continuing the story, said: “We were gathered round her bed about eight p.m. on Sunday night, expecting it to be


She was lying with her hands crossed upon her breast, as if dead. Suddenly she gave a great sigh, and we thought she was gone. Then, with a wonderful smile, which none of us can ever





forget, she stretched out her arms. Then she opened her eyes, squinting at first, then becoming quite natural in expression. I said, ‘Dolly, do you know me?’ and then she replied, ‘Of course I do, mummy.’ We were all amazed. Then she sat up, and said, ‘I want to get up and walk. I said, ‘You can’t get up, my darling,’ but she was quite calm, and said, ‘But an angel told me to.’ A friend who was present said, ‘Let her have her dressing-gown. Let her see what she can do.’ I quite thought she would fall down. Instead, she threw off the bed-clothes,


and walked across the room. Walking into the kitchen, she saw her father, and with a cry of delight rushed forward and threw her arms round his neck. One man present was a professed atheist, and he fell on his knees and sobbed aloud. A few days previously,” said her mother, ‘‘the girl murmured during her sleep, ‘Jesus will come and accomplish a great thing!’

”When our representative called at the house next day, Mrs. Kerin said, ‘‘Yes, every word is authentic. Dorothy is well and strong and running about. In fact, her doctor is just taking her for a drive.”

A friend of the family, interviewed at the same time, on learning who the enquirer was, said, “Oh, yes, I am a reader of the ‘Christian Herald,’ and we shall be glad for you to have any information about Dorothy. We believe it is


Subsequent inquiries tell us that this remarkable recovery is maintained. The doctor who has been attending Miss Kerin, a well-known local practitioner, said, “I have no explanation. I can only say that I cannot claim any of the credit for this extraordinary occurrence. Under my direction the patient had lived for weeks, until Sunday, on brandy, opium, and starch. Her muscles had no strength. Where it comes from now baffles me. I can say absolutely nothing in explanation.” The case is puzzling doctors, scientific men of all grades, and particularly Christian Scientists; but the girl herself is firmly convinced that it is Divine Healing. Needless to say, the publicity given to the case caused a great stir in the district, and newspaper men, doctors, and enquirers of all sorts flocked to the house. So much excitement was not considered good for Dorothy, so the Rev. A. J. Waldron and her doctor made arrangements to have her moved at once to a nursing home, where she could have privacy and quiet, with country air.


From: Confidence, Vol. V, No. 3, March 1912, pag. 70, 71, Sunderland, England