This Man Has Not
Eaten For 68 Years
AHMEDABAD (AFP) – An Indian who claims divine inspiration says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter.
Prahlad Jani, a 76-year-old whose
extraordinary tale has won him a small band of devotees, took a dare and
underwent round-the-clock surveillance at a hospital in Ahmedabad, the
commercial capital of the western state of Gujarat.
Clad in his trademark red sari,
bangles and earrings meant to fashion Hindu goddesses, Jani managed to puzzle
the Sterling Hospital’s 400 doctors.
Neurologist Sudhir Shah said Jani
was under watch for 10 days, with a closed-circuit camera running, and that
doctors were convinced he did not break any of his vows, although there was no
way of verifying whether Jani has pulled it off for 68 years.
“He has evidence of the
formation of urine, which was reabsorbed on his bladder wall. The medical
committee does not have any scientific explanation,” Shah said.
Jani offered an explanation. He said he has been blessed and heard his calling when he was eight years old. “I get the elixir of life from the hole in my palate, which enables me to go without food and water,” Jani explained to AFP.
A vindicated Jani left the
hospital Saturday and said he was retreating to a cave at Mount Abu in the
neighboring desert state of Rajasthan.
Another doctor, Dinesh Desai,
said the hospital hoped to test Jani again to verify his claim of a hole in the
palate between his mouth and nose. “We may get some answers then,” Desai
Shah said it took the hospital
more than a year to persuade Jani to undergo surveillance. He said he wanted the
ascetic to undergo experiments at NASA, as Jani’s supposed feat could come in
handy for astronauts.
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