Man’s Broken Leg is healed instantly by Miracle

 On April 7th, 1875 Pieter De Rudder received a miracle. One that would have doctors in amazement at the nature of his healing.

Our Story Begins

Jabbekke, Belgium. February 16, 1867. Pieter De Rudder, a field laborer by trade and in the service of the Viscount, came across two young wood-cutters in the vicinity of the castle of the Viscount du Bus de Gisignies. They were felling trees in the area and were attempting to lever a tree out of a neighboring field. De Rudder offered his help to remove the tree. As the three men attempted to take care of the problem the raised tree fell back on to De Rudder and the trunk of the tree crushed his left leg. 

The viscount was informed and he sent for Dr. Affenaer of Oudenbourg. The analysis was dire. Mr. De Rudder’s leg had fractured; “the tibia and the fibula were broken at a little distance below the knee.1 

There wasn’t much hope for poor Pieter

Dr Affanaer “reduced the fracture and splinted the leg.” Unfortunately, when the cast was removed five weeks later to examine the progress, Dr Affanaer discovered “a gangrenous wound in connection with the centre of the fracture.2

Due to this discovery, the doctor “removed a necrotic fragment of bone, resulting in a permanent gap2 between the bones of his leg of over an inch. A further gangrenous wound was present on his foot ( Lister had only discovered antiseptics that year and his techniques were not yet in wide use).

Over the next two weeks De Rudder suffered and he requested the doctor again. He discovered that the wound had worsened, forming an abscess. There was no sign of healing. Believing that there was nothing further that could be done, he stopped treatment. 

A solution had been offered to him; Amputation. De Rudder refused on account of the fact that the Viscount was now providing a comfortable pension (7,56 Belgian francs) so that he may take care of his family, and that was to be taken away if he had his leg amputated. So, for the next year De Rudder would be bedridden and for eight years and ten months he would dress and redress his wound, with the help of his wife, morning and evening each day. 

The Viscount was a great help, offering the opportunity to employ many doctors in an attempt to help De Rudder. It was to no avail. He had emplored many times to the viscount that instead of employing these doctors that he would finance a pilgrimage to employ the healing of ‘Our Lady’ that he might be cured. The Viscount did not believe that this option held merit, and “did not wish to make himself ridiculous by allowing him to go on a pilgrimage.3 Viscountess du Bus

After eight long years of suffering, in January, 1875, Dr. Van Hoestenberghe, who had been visiting De Rudder since 1871 stated:

Rudder had an open wound at the top of the leg. In this wound one could see the two bones separated by a distance of three centimeters. There was no sign of healing. Pierre was in great pain and suffered thus since eight years before. The lower part of the leg could be moved in all direction. The heel could be lifted in such a way as to fold the leg in the middle. It could be twisted, with the heel in front and the toes in back, all these movements being only restored by the soft tissues.”4 

This was confirmed shortly after by another physician, Dr Verriest.

An unexpected turn of events

De Rudder’s prayers for a pilgrimage were answered, albeit morbidly. The Viscount passed away, and his heir gave De Rudder the opportunity to go to Oostacker, Belgium. There, there was a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. He would leave on April 7, 1875.

The morning he left for Lourdes was a challenge within itself. Dr. Hoestenberghe (referred to earlier and who had seen to De Rudder only shortly before his pilgrimage, stated: 

When Pierre de Rudder went on pilgrimage, his leg had been broken and he had hobbled on crutches for more than eight years. The lower part of the leg and the foot hung like a rag.”5

Paul Deschepper M.D., a doctor of our own century states:

Being a doctor I hardly may understand that this man could walk around in this way during eight years and ten months in a period with complete lack of disinfectants and antibiotics.2

 It would take De Rudder, crutch-ridden and with the help of his wife, two hours to walk the mile and a half distance to the train station. Blomme, a railroad employee, carried him into the train, but at the sight of his swaying leg dangling helplessly found himself asking: “What are you going to do at Oostacker with such a leg as that?”6

Others have been cured in Oostacker,” Said De Rudder. “Why not I?6

Pieter De Rudder oostakker grotto
The Grotto at Oostakker

A Miracle to be Remembered

Finally, they reached the Grotto, which the people of Belgium had modeled after that of Lourdes. There, they had erected a statue of the Lady of Lourdes, and others had spoken of miracles that had occurred here. 

Rudder had tried to sit down before the statue, but the crowds of passers-by repeatedly came in to contact with his leg, causing him great pain. Having drank some of the water, he tried to walk around the cave, as the other pilgrims did, but after doing so twice he had to give up in exhaustion. At wit’s end he surrendered. He prayed. He was struck with upset and begged that he might be able to work again, begged so that he could support his family and not have to rely on the charity of others any longer. What happened next was absolutely nothing short of the definition of a miracle.

Just the day before he would leave for his pilgrimage three had witnessed his condition and declared what they had seen in the enquiry that would inevitably follow the events of that day in Oostacker.

April 5, 1875 M. du Bus., The Viscountess relates, “I was at the Chateau of Jabbekke, when De Rudder came on his crutches…moved by curiosity, I wanted to see De Rudder’s leg. He took off the linen bandages, which were saturated with pus and blood. The odor was insupportable. The last folds of the bandage were stuck to the wound and could not be easily detached. At this sight I instinctively recoiled.7

That evening, “Marie Wittizacle, helped De Rudder to dress his wound, and she also saw the broken bones.7

The following day, April 6, 1875 Marie Wittizacle, accompanied by another neighbor, Van Hooren, and his son, Jules van Hooren spent two hours with De Rudder.

They signed the following declaration :—

The undersigned declare that they saw, on April 6th, 1875, the fractured leg of De Rudder : The two parts of the broken bone pierced the flesh, and were separated by a suppurating wound an inch long.


 On April 7th, 1875 Pieter De Rudder received a miracle.

“Upset, shaken, agitated, and quite outside himself. Hardly knowing what he was doing, and quite forgetting his crutches, his constant companions for the last eight years, he got up without help, passed through the ranks of pilgrims, and knelt down immediately in front of the statue.

Suddenly his presence of mind returned, and he realized that he had walked and was on his knees.

I on my knees!’ He cried. ‘Where am I?— O my God!’”8

Putting yourself in that situation, you can imagine what he did next. He could walk again! He jumped up in excitement and “began to devoutly go around the Grotto.” His wife saw him and cried in fear before realizing what had happened and fainting!

The limb was examined, and with amazement, it was discovered that the leg and the foot, had returned to their normal size. It had normalized so much that the plaster and the bandages had fallen away from the leg themselves. He had gone to the nearby chateau of Mme. La Marquise Alph. De Courtebourne with the pilgrims of the Grotto, and, after inspection of his miraculous recovery made sure to return to the Grotto before returning home to walk round three more times and return thanks. 

When he arrived back at Jabbekke, the train employee, Blomme, was in astonishment at the sight he witnessed.

Pierre was walking perfectly,” he stated afterwards in the enquiry, “and without crutches.

The examiner responded: “Perhaps your memory is not very good, or perhaps you are exaggerating?

I am quite sure of what I say,” replied Blomme emphatically ; “my memory is very sure, very precise, and I do not exaggerate in the least.9

There are many accounts and witnesses to De Rudder’s fantastical recovery, from the neighbors of the village, to the many doctors that had attended him, and the higher members of society. Twenty-eight doctors eventually participated in certifying his cure.10

Dr. Royer, published a inquiry in 1894 stating “that since April 7, 1875, no fibrous callus had existed, and a callus should still at this date, and long afterwards, have united and bound together the broken ends, in the case of a fracture with sores and separation of the bones. But the contrary has happened, for the bones had been joined together without this intermediary. Also, although the left leg had not been cased in splints, when cured, it was as straight as the other leg. Finally, in spite of the fact that the bones had been an inch apart before the cure, afterwards one limb was as long as the other.11

Another, Dr. Van Hoestenberghe, on September 3rd, 1892 wrote to the president of the medical office: “A leg so perfect that, if I had not examined it previously, I should have said it had never been broken. There was not the least irregularity to be felt along the line of the tibia, but a perfectly supple surface from top to bottom. All that was to be seen were some surface scars on the skin.12

His recovery was such that the one inch gap that had existed between the bones had not only recovered, but new bone had grown in its place. This had happened in such a way that his leg had not shortened, but now perfectly offset the other leg to be of equal length and balance. 

Pieter De Rudder would live twenty three more years before his death. During which time he worked for a further fifteen under the viscount doing physical labour and visited Oostacker a further 400 times. He died March 22nd, 1898. Rontgen discovered X rays in October, 1895 and, after De Rudder’s death, in 1899 Dr. Van Hoestenberghe obtained permission to exhume the his body, performing post-mortem amputation of his two legs at the knee joint to examine the healing that took place in full detail. 

de rudder miracle

The left leg (the one on the right) shows evident traces of the double fracture, and is repaired in such a way that, in spite of the deviation of the superior portion of the bones, which were drawn backwards during eight years by the flexor muscles of the thigh, the vertical axis of the left limb keeps the same direction as the axis of the right leg. Thus the weight of the body was equally and normally borne by both sides. Moreover, notwithstanding the elimination of an osseous fragment from the broken limb, the two limbs are of equal length.13

The Prepared legs of Pieter De Rudder in their case.: frontal view. Left side: the broad, undamaged shin bone and the slender, undamaged splint bone; right side: the broad shin bone and the tender splint bone, on both of them a callus is recognizable.
Radiography of the healed fracture of the dug up shinbone and splint bone. Copied from the archives of the basilica of Lourdes Oostackker

As we can see from the images, this is no mere fantasy. But what was it that caused such a miraculous recovery?

It’s said to have been the working of the Lady of Lourdes, but there was no sighting as we tend to see. So what was the cause? He had attended a sacred site, which interestingly was another cave or grotto.

It is interesting that, if you look at earlier articles, and, if you’re an investigator and have been reading any of my earlier references in related articles, that we see a correlation to caves and supernatural phenomena. They have been used by many cultures in relation to ‘higher intelligences’. They have even been built by groups, such as the artificial hills of chalk built by the druids in England. The focus seems to be creating a dome with specific material to facilitate our energy field. These sights are said to cultivate supernatural experience and are referenced in many anecdotal stories in different cultures as often as the sky in out-of-body experiences. Many meet beings in caves in their ‘spirit journeys.’ 

“Deep, dark caves . . . These, we know, have been seen as portals to the otherworld by shamanic cultures since before history began.”14 

“In 1981, Mexican photographer Carlos Diaz saw a UFO floating over his head. ‘It was made of millions of small dots of light. I tried to touch the object, but my hand went through the yellow light . . .’ He felt disoriented, and suddenly noticed that the craft now appeared to be standing ‘inside a cave that was lined with stalactites and stalag- mites . . . There was something strange about the illumination . . . It was everywhere but I couldn’t find a source’.”15   

“…the grotto at Lourdes was a fairy cave before Catholicism adopted it, and when little Bernadette Soubirous experienced visions in front of it in the mid-nineteenth century, she initially described the female figure she saw not as the Virgin Mary but as un petito damizela, ‘a little lady’ – a term redolent of the fairy lore of the Pyrenees.”16

As we can see from this, caves seem to have some kind of occurrence that takes place where it is held as a ‘gateway’ to supernatural sources. In this instance, a single cave has been found as such a source for two different groups possibly influenced by their own subconscious programming that determined the “psychic projection” that took place when personifying ‘who’ it was that they saw. 

There are many correlations of phenomena in relation to caves which I will discuss in detail over several investigations that I am working on but for now will touch on briefly to stimulate your own interest and if one peaks your interest perhaps we can discuss it together. 

It is often mentioned that caves have electromagnetic irregularities present. Looking at the map of the Kentucky area below, we see that there is an irregularity in the area of one of the largest subterranean expanses in the world; Mammoth Caves. Interestingly, experiments have been carried out by Dr. Michael Persinger, head of the Neuroscience Laboratory at Laurentian University, Ontario into the effects of electromagnetic energy on the human consciousness and the results are astounding:

His work showed that “almost imperceptible electromagnetic fields, often associated with earthquakes and other seismic events, seem to interact with the human brain in such a way as to trigger temporarily altered states of consciousness…Parsinger’s theory provides a neat, one-stop explanation for why large numbers of people gathered together in the same location sometimes all start to hallucinate at once and often say that they have seen broadly the same things, though some more intensely than others.—an explanation that could be related in connection with Fatima spoken about in a separate article.Persinger’s volunteers, subjected to strong electromagnetic fields under laboratory conditions, routinely report hallucinations of small beings standing near them.17

Bruce Lipton states: “Everything in the universe is now understood to be made out of energy; to our perception it appears physical and solid, yet in reality it is all energy and energies interact. When you interact in your environment you are both absorbing and sending energy at the same time…18

Is it possible then that within these energy dense environments we are interacting with a different frequency?

Bruce goes further in this with a correlation to healing; “…For example, in a mammogram revealing a cancer, one is you are visualizing a characteristic emission of energy distinctive of a cancer. Rather than cutting out the cancer, what if you applied an energy that, through interference patterns, would change the energy of those cancer cells and bring them back to a normal energy? Presumably you would get a healing effect…The recipient is getting an energy that is interacting with their body through interference and through that interference, changing the character of the energy reflected in the physical matter because the matter is the energy…Quantum physics says the invisible energy is one hundred times more efficient in conveying information than are material signals (e.g. drugs).18

Bruce Lipton’s work is fascinating. His study of stem cells has yielded incredible results, allowing us to see that we have the capacity to instigate our own healing by taking control of ourselves.

“In about 1968 I started cloning stem cells, doing my first cloning experiments under the guidance of Dr. Irv Konigsberg, a brilliant scientist who created the first stem cell cultures. The stem cells I was working with were called myoblasts. Myo means muscle; blast means progenitor. When I put my cells in the culture dishes with the conditions that support muscle growth, the muscle cells evolved and I would end up with giant contractile muscles. However, if I changed the environmental situation, the fate of the cells would be altered. I would start off with my same muscle precursors but in an altered environment they would actually start to form bone cells. If I further altered the conditions, those cells became adipose or fat cells.

The results of these experiments were very exciting because while every one of the cells was genetically identical, the fate of the cells was controlled by the environment in which I placed them.”

He goes on to say, “I started to realize that the cell was a chip and that the nucleus was a hard disk with programs. The genes were programs. As I was typing this on my computer one day I realized that my computer was like a cell. It had programs built into it but what was expressed by the computer was not determined by the programs. It was determined by the information that I, as the environment, was typing onto the keyboard. Suddenly all the pieces fell into place: the cell membrane is actually an information-processing computer chip. The cell’s genes are the hard drive with all the potentials. That is why every cell in your body can form any kind of cell because every nucleus has all the genes that make up a human.”18

Is this the beginning of the scientific study of the power of belief? Is it possible that we ourselves have the possibility to make dramatic changes if we can see beyond the material and initiate change? We can see this in meditation and prayer through the reprogramming of the subconscious mind which I discussed in another article. I cannot wait to investigate further and to share these connections with ‘shamanic journeys’ and their return with newfound abilities of healing. It’s going to be an exciting ride.


1.Georges Bertrin, Lourdes : a history of its apparitions and cures, London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1908, p.165

2. The Spectacular Healing of Pieter De Rudder, April 7th, 1875, Paul Deschepper M.D., Wassmunster, March 30th, 2018:]

3.Georges Bertrin, Lourdes : a history of its apparitions and cures, London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1908, p.166

4. Jacques Vallée, The Invisible College, San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books, 2014, pg.146

5.Georges Bertrin, Lourdes : a history of its apparitions and cures, London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1908, p.183-184

6.ibid, p.170-171

7.ibid, p.169

8.ibid, p.172

9.ibid, p.173-174

10.Fulton Oursler, The Healing Power of Faith: Hawthorne Books, 1949, p.72

11. Georges Bertrin, Lourdes : a history of its apparitions and cures, London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1908, p.182

12. Amnales de N. D. De Lourdes, vol. xxvi pp. 161

13.Georges Bertrin, Lourdes : a history of its apparitions and cures, London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1908, p.181-182

14.Graham Hancock, Supernatural, New York, NY: The Disinformation Company Ltd, pg.352

15.ibid, p.132

16.ibid, p.256

17.ibid, p.312

18.Bruce Lipton, PhD, The Wisdom of Your Cells, How Beliefs Control Your Biology: Sounds True, 2007, PRODUCT CODE: AF01076W

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