The _Times of India_ had the excellent idea of “finding out what happened”:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mothers_miracle_woman_in_poverty/articleshow/2316373.cms to the woman who was meant to have been miraculously cured by a miracle blessed by Mother Teresa. There are, or course, disputes about the cure. Medical science suggests that she was suffering from TB, rather than stomach cancer, and that she was cured by drugs rather than the unaided efforts of the Holy Spirit. In any case, Monica Besra was “briefly famous”:http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,501021021-364433,00.html and then the world moved on.
Now she appears to have been left by her husband, a grumpy figure in the background of earlier stories, and is working as a day labourer to feed her five children. Neither I nor Christopher Hitchens, nor anyone from the Missionaries of Charity, have given her any money, or enough to lift her for a little while from poverty. I, at least, feel rather guilty about this, without having any clear idea what might be done about it.