Hutch woman says deaf ear cured at Fátima shrine

“At Fátima there are people from all over the world and they pray to Mary as they crawl to the shrine about a block and a half,” Inskeep said. “They are crawling and crying. It’s so emotional.”
On the morning that Inskeep, her daughter and cousin headed to Mass at the basilica in Fátima, Inskeep was handed a headphone piece that was for her left ear. She was deaf in that ear because of chronic ringing that had become so severe she lost her hearing. Along with the ringing she also had Meniere’s disease, which includes vertigo as a symptom.
But when Inskeep placed the headphone piece to the deaf ear, she discovered she miraculously could hear naturally. Immediately she began crying.
“I can hear,” she told her daughter.
“That’s Grandma,” said Godar, immediately thinking of Inskeep’s mother, who died in 2012. She had been devoted to the Virgin Mary, because she had been born on Dec. 8 – the feast of the Immaculate Conception – and had prayed to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Tears flowed as Inskeep savored the miracle. Every so often, Godar asked her mother if she could still hear.
Something extraordinary happened to her at Fátima.
Although a member of Hutchinson’s Holy Cross Catholic Church, Inskeep was traveling with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. While there were 90 people in their group on two buses, the archbishop heard of Inskeep’s miracle and asked her about it.
“I asked him, ‘Why me?’ “ Inskeep said. “And he said, ‘Why not you?’ “
The tour included a trip to Lourdes, France – the site of another international Marian shrine – and the Vatican in Rome, where they saw Pope Francis in the crowded St. Peter’s Square. Through it all, Inskeep could hear everything from subtle conversations to the soft drizzle of the rain.
In gratitude she plans to pray the rosary every day. She returned home with a special locket from Fátima and five rosaries as gifts.
Back in Hutchinson she went to her family physician, who told her that if she could hear there was no reason to see an audiologist.
Before Fátima, her husband, David Inskeep, would sit at her left side and be her “ear” when they were out in public. Now she can hear plainly in that ear.
He’s happy his wife has her hearing back, and with a smile he calls her “our lady of Hutchinson.”

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