By Katie Rice, Medill Reports Chicago
When Gina Roxas was about four years old, she was hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia.
Heartbroken at being separated from her family, she ripped the IVs out of her arms, cried and refused to eat while in the hospital. Her condition deteriorated, and doctors had to restrain her.
One day, her father came to visit her and told doctors he’d see what he could do about his daughter’s illness.
“He grabbed me, wrapped me in a blanket and walked out the door,” Roxas said. “And he [carried me to] my great-grandmother’s (house) and gave me to her. And she healed me. She healed me with her prayers, with her teas and with her herbal rubs. It’s not scientifically proven that I was healed, but I’m still here, right?”