Natasha Demkina: The Girl With X-Ray Eyes

No, this is not the title of a new sci-fi flick soon to be released in your neighborhood theaters. It is, rather, the story of an extraordinary young girl who has been the focus of much attention and controversy.

She is considered an anomaly, a medical upstart who can quite literally see through people and correctly diagnose their medical problems without aid from ultra sound or even x-ray equipment.


I know what you are thinking; snake-oil salesmen and magical elixirs have come back from the dead. I don’t blame you, although I implore you to read on just the same.

For most of us, the expression “seeing through people” is a figure of speech, but this is not the case for teenager, Natasha Demkina, who lives that truth every day of her young life. According to her mother, Natasha seemed normal as she grew up, although she was always a bit mature for her age.

She seemed to learn new things faster than other children, and Mama proudly claims that her daughter could recite Pushkin by the time she was a year old and by age three, she had mastered the alphabet and how to operate a snow mobile!!

Her alleged special powers emerged when she was ten years of age and was sent to the hospital to have her appendix removed. Complications ensued, and it was discovered that cotton swabs had been carelessly left in her abdomen.

Natasha had a second operation to remove the swabs and about a month afterwards, she remarked to her mother that she could see inside herself. She described what looked like a vacuum cleaner hose, two beans and a tomato inside her stomach. She lacked the proper vocabulary, but her mother is convinced that what she was describing was her intestines, kidneys and heart.

Does she really have special powers or is this all an odd coincidence? At the children’s hospital in her hometown of Saransk, Western Russia, doctors ran a battery of tests with hopes of discovering whether this bright but otherwise ordinary little girl really did have x-ray vision.

In one instance, Natasha drew a picture of what she saw inside a doctor’s stomach, marking a dark spot exactly where he had an ulcer. She also disagreed with the diagnosis of a cancer patient, saying all she could see was a small cyst. Further tests on the woman confirmed much to the amazement of all that she was correct.

In addition, a national newspaper brought Natasha to England where she allegedly and correctly spotted all of the fractures and metal pins in a woman who had recently been in a car crash. The woman was fully clothed and had no visible signs of how or where she had been injured.

In 2004 she appeared on television shows in the United Kingdom, on the Discovery Channel and in Japan. A full-time student, Demkina has worked since 2006 for the Center of Special Diagnostics, whose stated mission is to diagnose and treat illness in cooperation with “experts possessing unusual abilities, folk healers and professionals of traditional medicine.”

As weird as that is, dear reader, consider the following, which may or may not refute all of that which you have just read. Tests were performed on Natasha by the highly reputable Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and the affiliated Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health (CSMMH) to scientifically assess these extraordinary claims.


Intended as a first stage, passing this set of tests with a score of five or higher would warrant further research and investigation. Natasha scored a four.

Natasha’s most ardent supporters still believe that she has special powers and that the tests were flawed.

Doe Natasha Demkina have special powers or not?

Some things are neither black nor white or even lighter shades of grey.

Time (and maybe a few more mistakes and/or accuracies) will tell.

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  1. dean greasley says:

    i have experienced the same 'phenomenon' myself and have a good understanding of how and why the ability is apparent.'its not x-rays and the longer people carry on saying such metaphorical nonsense then no one else is going to have any proper understanding of what it could be.we have been here before with many,if not'all' new discoveries.i'm not a spiritulist[in fact i'm dead set against it]and i've always despised the way religious propagander has placed these moments of evolution in the realm of 'The Paranormal'.I believe the mass's are just afraid of'the new' because it goes against their easy,simple and consumer rich way of living.Afterall,if you cant buy it,what use is it.!?!Want to know

    • guest says:

      Really? You've "experienced the same 'phenomenon'" yourself?

      You've been able to see the bone scars inside of people had their bones fractured and healed decades ago? You've been able to see small metal screws that were surgically implanted inside of people? Really.

      You know if you could do that (as Natasha Demkina claims she can), you could collect over a million dollars from people who have been offering prizes for anyone who can honestly demonstrate such paranormal abilities.

      I'm not going to hold my breath.

      Claiming the impossible is easy. Doing the impossible, now that's a little bit harder to pull off.

      (I know, I know, someone no doubt is going to say "nothing is impossible." Before they do, I want them to reach up in the sky, grab hold of the sun, pull it down and place it in his pocket. Then they can tell me nothing is impossible.)

      But please, let's get back to the matter of this shameless plagarism by the Amog author and her editor's failure to remove it or reprimand her. Plagiarism is dishonesty and theft. No information source that willingly publishes plagiarism should ever be trusted by readers.

  2. phoenix21 says:

    Being able to see through tissue is not impossible.Snakes do it all the time,but before you say 'we aren't reptiles or more specifically snakes,take a look at how many times eyes have developed along seperate branches of the evolutionary tree.Then ask why that has happened.Exsposure.

    • guest says:

      That's nonsense. Snakes do not see through tissue. Where do you get such nonsense? Sheesh. And your second argument, concerning parallel evolution, while true, has nothing whatsoever to do with anything anyone has been talking about.

      Wait! Don't tell me that you're talking about snakes seeing through their fused, TRANSPARENT eyelids?! Because if you are, then you're an idiot. That's like claiming people have X-ray vision because they can see through their transparent corneas.

    • M Dee Dubroff says:

      Wow! I never thought of our evolution that way!
      Thanks fro your thoughts.
      I appreciate them

  3. Rita says:

    I know one more woman from Russia (now living in Germany) who has the same abilities.
    She is practicing already more then 35 years… @tatianadreier

  4. Frank Laser says:

    Well if she can describes what she sees, then she is what she is. I mean we’ve heard of psychic and paranormal abilities, and we don’t find those ludicrous.