By Emilie Ng
A TOOWOOMBA teenager has claimed a miraculous healing from a severe chronic illness lasting more than four and a half years after making her dream pilgrimage to Lourdes last year.
Since she was 13, Amelia Brennan has been either homebound or bedridden as a result of severe abdominal migraines and other health problems, and was constantly admitted to hospital, twice to undergo surgery.
But after a trip to Lourdes in September last year and thanks to nationwide prayers, Miss Brennan said she had been cured after going eight months without any migraines or surgery.
An MRI scan to monitor a cyst growing on Miss Brennan’s brain has also showed no signs of growth in six months.
But Miss Brennan’s biggest breakthrough since her trip to Lourdes was that she could now attend Mass every Sunday.
“Last year Amelia would have gone to Mass maybe once every three months but Amelia hasn’t missed Mass since being back,” Kerri Brennan, Amelia’s mum, said.
“I had people in the parish came up to me and thought I had only four children, not five.
“She has definitely received a miracle.”
Mrs Brennan recalled an emotional moment in her kitchen when she was watching her Amelia riding one of the horses at their Toowoomba home, who this time last year had trouble even walking.
“I love horse riding, but I physically couldn’t do it before going to Lourdes,” Miss Brennan said.
“Now I can go out with friends, do craft which I love, and I’ve been doing work experience trying to get a job and volunteering with Freedom aged care.”
St Bernadette of Lourdes’ story has been a source of strength and hope for Miss Brennan, who dreamed one day to visit in the hope of being healed.
The faithful teenager left for Lourdes with mum Kerri Brennan in September last year, thanks to fellow parishioners from Holy Name Church who organised an event to raise the money for the trip.
Mrs Brennan said Amelia had been well for most of the pilgrimage, which also saw them visit Barcelona, the south of France and London, but in Lourdes she was confined to a wheelchair.
Miss and Mrs Brennan said they wanted to thank everybody who supported the trip and being part of a miraculous healing.
“There were literally hundreds of people who helped and prayed for Amelia, who is now a healthy girl and is such a blessing,” Mrs Brennan said.
“Their efforts and generosity have changed her life and her family’s, and they are part of a miracle.”
Read about Amelia’s journey to Lourdes here.