A 12-year-old girl believes she's living a miracle after doctors found a cure for a condition that left her wheelchair-bound days after she was blessed by Pope Francis.
Julia Bruzzese fell ill earlier this year, according to the Daily Mail. The seventh-grader suffered from an unknown condition in May that caused her to begin losing feelings in her legs. By June, the middle-schooler was rendered unable to walk and was confined to a wheelchair.
Doctors could not confirm what the condition she was suffering from. They initially believed that the paralysis was brought on by Lyme Disease, but the diagnosis could not be confirmed.
But when Brooklyn girl heard about Pope Francis' visit, she knew she had to meet him. Bruzzese told CBS News York that she came to greet the pope at John F. Kennedy Airport because she "believed in a miracle."
Credit: CBS New York
Cameras caught the seventh-grader from St. Bernadette School in tears after her meeting with Pope Francis. The 12-year-old, who was active in the choir and softball before her paralysis struck, kissed the pope's ring while he touched her forehead and blessed her.
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She told NBC New York, "I know I will walk again because of him."
And the young girl may be right.
Five days after her meeting with Pope Francis in New York City, doctors were finally able to diagnose Bruzzese, according to CBS New York.
"'I went to the doctor and for the first time they saw Lyme disease activity in my blood and that just shows a miracle can happen if you believe, just like I did," she said.
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Bruzzese said a doctor even offered to help treat her free of charge after hearing the young girl's story.
The Brooklyn girl said the entire experience has made her wiser and taught her to appreciate life more.
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Take a look at some highlights from Pope Francis' trip to the United States below:
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