Real Name: Mary Elizabeth Clamser
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: August 17, 1994
Details: For twenty-three years, forty-four-year-old Oklahoma City resident Mary Clamser has battled with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease. She was first diagnosed with it in 1972, when she was nineteen and engaged to Ron Clamser. As a result, she was unable to move or feel her legs. She was told that she would never be able to walk again or have children. Faced with a tragic future, she felt that she had to end her engagement to Ron because she did not want to put him through that. However, he said that he would love her no matter what, and that they were to be married for better or for worse.
Two weeks before the wedding, the disease relented enough for Mary to be able to walk down the aisle. However, it soon returned; despite this, she wanted to live the best life as possible with Ron. Over the next ten years, she struggled through three difficult pregnancies, but she was still able to give birth to her two sons and daughter. He family adjusted as best as they could to her MS.
In summer 1992, however, the MS came back worse than before. Over a year later, it was still causing her great pain. Then, during a thunderstorm on August 17, 1994, Mary stepped into a bathtub and was struck by lightning. At least 10,000 volts of electricity went through her body; the force threw her across the room. She survived and was sent to the emergency room. Amazingly, while the doctors were working on her, she began to feel them touching her legs. She was shocked, as for twenty-three years, she could not feel her left leg, and for two years could not feel her right leg.
Miraculously, the lightning strike had put Mary's MS into remission; although she was in pain for the next few weeks, she was happy that she could feel her legs. Then, two weeks later, she was able to get up from her chair and walk across the room without any support. Within just a year, she was able to walk long distances again without any leg braces or support. She now exercises regularly and lives a completely normal life. No one has any idea how her MS was cured through lightning, but she believes that it was a miracle.
Interestingly, on April 19, 1995, Mary cancelled an appointment at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to do an interview about the miracle in Los Angeles. The Oklahoma City Bombing occurred that day.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 29, 1996 episode. It was also featured on Urban Legends.
Results: Unsolved. Mary's MS later returned, and she was again confined to a wheelchair. Amazingly, in 2005, she was outside when she was struck by lightning again. Once again, her MS went into remission and she was able to walk again. Now, she has a special room in her house to protect her from any further lightning strikes.
Sadly, Ron passed away in 2016 at the age of sixty-eight. Their son, Christopher, has also since passed away.
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