Voices In Head Warn Woman Of Deadly Brain Tumor

Dr. Ikechukwu Azuonye reports in the British Medical Journal, of a woman referred to as A.B., a full-time homemaker, who in 1984 heard a voice in her head saying, "Please don’t be afraid. I know it must be shocking for you to hear me speaking to you like this, but this is the easiest way I could think of. My friend and I used to work at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and we would like to help you." Convinced she was losing her mind, she consulted her family doctor, who referred her to Dr. Azuonye, a consulting psychiatrist at the Lambeth Healthcare trust.

"The voices told her to go in and ask to have a brain scan," says Dr. Azuonye. After an examination, which showed no medical explanation for what A.B. had heard, he diagnosed her with a functional hallucinatory psychosis.

A.B. was otherwise a completely healthy person, and despite having no indications of discomfort persisted in following the advice of the voice, and requested a brain scan. Initially doctors were reluctant, as they saw no evidence for a tumor, but due to A.B.’s distress they went ahead with it, and to their alarm discovered a tumor.

Following the operation, A.B. made a full recovery. The voice’s last words to A.B., who she referred to as her guardian angel said, "We are pleased to have helped you, goodbye."

One possible explanation Dr. Azuonye offered, which he termed “the X-philes” in his paper, suggested that the case was an example of telepathic communication from well-meaning people who had psychically learned of the tumor and sent warning. But that is just a theory.