A ghostly figure has stunned one family, in Kirtland, Ohio, appearing in a family photograph behind their daughter, who had been battling leukemia at the time.
That the figure in question resembles the Virgin Mary, says Erin's mom, Jen Potter, is no coincidence. "My reaction immediately, it's Mary, they hear us, she's there," she told WOIO in an interview that aired Friday. "I didn't necessarily see it as a sign that Erin is fine and is going to walk out of this, but it's a sign that we're watching over her."
The photo shows Erin running through a field with a sprinkler in each hand at night. A somewhat blurred red figure appears behind Erin's right shoulder with eyes downcast and arms extended. Some have suggested the figure resembles the Virgin Mary.
Jen's daughter, Erin, was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2007, subsequently undergoing several bone marrow transplants and three recurrent bouts of cancer. At the time the picture was taken, reports WOIO, Erin was preparing for her second transplant. She's currently cancer free.
Writes Jeni of her daughter, on her blog, "She just continues to amaze me and she shows me what it is like to be strong, to take one day - one moment - at a time. To enjoy each day that she feels good. To love each second that she and her sisters are laughing. All of our girls are my source of strength. They remind me to keep looking up."