She added: “I knew it was impossible.”
For his report, Whitaker visited the Marian shrine and the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations, where doctors and researchers undertake rigorous investigations into the validity of the miracles reported there.
Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis, a Catholic, serves as the office’s president and presiding physician.
“We sent her to different neurologists,” the former pediatrician and Harvard-trained epidemiologist said of Moriau. “We sent her to different rheumatologists, because of the different specific case of her disease. We asked to repeat twice also some imagery — electrophysiology.”
“We did all that you would do in medicine to make absolutely sure of her [diagnosis]. And it was,” he said. On top of that, she saw two psychiatrists in Paris.
Afterward, de Franciscis sent her case to a group of 33 doctors and professors called the International Medical Committee of Lourdes to determine whether her cure was “medically unexplained.” They concluded that it was — after eight years of investigation.
“If tomorrow morning any of our viewers is a doctor, and one day he stops in southern France and comes to see me and wants to look into the file of Sister Bernadette, I’ll be delighted to show him,” de Franciscis said.
Ten years after her visit to Lourdes, in 2018, the Catholic Church recognized the case as the 70th miracle there.
Bishop Jean-Marc Micas of Lourdes explained to Whitaker: “Declaring a miracle is saying, ‘God did something.’ This is the miracle.”