Real Name: Michael Ziegler
Case: Medical Mystery
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: November 1984
Details: In November 1984, seven-year-old pianist Michael Ziegler was going to his karate class in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when his right pinkie finger was cut off after being caught in the door jam. His mother, Janet, began using the Therapeutic Touch (TT), an alternative healing technique, on him to keep him calm.
The TT, created by Dolores Krieger, can be used when normal medicine fails. It involves the practitioner using their energy to help heal the injured person. Michael was able to stay calm due to the TT Janet did on him. She rushed him and his severed finger to a nearby hospital. She told the doctor that he needed it reattached, but he said that it would not work. She insisted that he do it and he eventually agreed. He was able to reattach it and recommended that he go to a plastic surgeon, who also said that it would never work.
For eight weeks, Janet continued to use the TT on Michael. It apparently worked and his finger healed. Within a month, he was back to playing piano. Over a decade later, he is able to play well thanks to Janet and her knowledge of the TT.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 13, 1994 episode about the TT, along with that of George and Marie.