PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 13-year-old Johnston girl is now cancer-free after being blessed with a relic containing a piece of Mother Teresa’s hair.
In 2008, Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence blessed young Sydney Khoury as she was unconscious in her hospital bed.
The five-year-old was in the hospital fighting a rare form of kidney cancer, but her story reemerged recently after Pope Francis approved a miracle for her canonization.
Bishop Tobin prayed at Sydney’s bedside, blessing her with the relic.
“I took the relic with me to say the prayers for little Sydney because Mother Teresa had very special love and care for those who are ill, those who are near death and especially for children,” Bishop Tobin said Wednesday during a taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers.
He received the relic from a priest who was working with Mother Teresa’s missionaries.
“And we think it was amazing. We think it had a direct relation with her getting well,” Sydney’s mother, Michelle Khoury, told Eyewitness News last week.
Moments after the blessing, Sydney opened her eyes.
Now 13, Sydney is cancer-free and her family is calling it a miracle.
“I tend to be skeptical about some of these so-called divine supernatural interventions,” Bishop Tobin said. “But I have no doubt God was there that day and something very special happened, and we attribute, of course, to God’s grace and to the faith of the people involved.”
Mother Teresa died in 1997. Last week, Pope Francis cleared the path for her sainthood – which is expected to happen in 2016.