Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes: Fact Check

Picture: Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes
Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes


Natasha Demkina is a Russian medical student. She is popularly known as the ‘Girl with X-ray Eyes’. She is purported to have the ability to look inside human bodies directly. With a form of paranormal sight, she produces detailed medical diagnoses.

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Natasha Demkina, is a young woman from Saransk, Russia, who claims to possess a special vision that allows her to look inside human bodies and see the organs and tissues, thereby making medical diagnoses.

Fact Check:

A young Russian woman named Natasha Demkina is claimed to have a special ability to see through the human bodies directly and produce medical diagnoses much efficient than a doctor. It is a fact that Natasha Demkina received worldwide attention for her X Ray vision claims, but she could not pass the scientific validation test of her special abilities.

Picture: Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes
Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes

The Girl with X-ray Eyes

Natalya Nikolayevna Demkina or Natasha Demkina is a young Russian woman born in 1987, in Saransk, Mordovia. She claims to possess a special vision that allows her to look inside human bodies and see the organs and tissues clearly. Due to this special ability, she used to perform medical diagnoses of the Russian people since she was ten. Natasha’s most impressive diagnoses claimed to involve a man suffering from Tuberculosis. He was undergoing treatment by a medical professional for a year, but his condition could not improve. He got to know about Natasha and approached her for help. Natasha could see something in his lungs, but she was unable to describe it. So, she drew a picture, which a doctor in Moscow declared is indicative of an inflammatory disease lesion called sarcoidosis granuloma.

Natasha Demkina's “diagnostic” drawing of a “sarcoidosis granuloma”
Natasha Demkina’s “diagnostic” drawing of a “sarcoidosis granuloma”

In 2004, Natasha started appearing on various television shows in the United Kingdom and Japan. She also appeared in a Discovery Channel program called ‘The Girl with X-ray Eyes‘, broadcasted several times in Europe and Asia. However, it did not air in North America.

Scientific Investigation of the Girl with X-ray Eyes

In March 2004, Monica Garnsey, Producer, and Director of a Discovery Channel Documentary on Natasha had asked CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) to test Natasha’s claims scientifically, for their program. The team of CSICOP, along with CSMMH (Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health) met Natasha and presented her with seven subjects with various medical conditions. Prior to her test, all the medical conditions of the subjects were informed to her. She only had to identify the subjects and their respective medical conditions.

The CSICOP scientific team needed Natasha to identify at least five out of seven subjects correctly to pass the test. After more than four hours of testing, Natasha could manage to identify only four subjects correctly. In particular, she failed to notice a large metal plate covering a missing section of the skull in a man who had a large brain tumor removed. The video below shows this CSICOP investigation process of Natasha’s special abilities.

To convince the CSICOP team, Natasha diagnosed one of its team members. She put forth many health issues relating to neck vertebrae, lungs, heart, stomach, liver, pancreas, duodenum, prostate gland, kidney and urethra. His physician, however, never mentioned the issues. But, she failed to address some of the existent health issues like hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, a recent colon surgery, nasal polyps, a very narrow pharynx, calcified plaque in two coronary arteries, and sleep apnea.

Similar ‘Diagnosis’ Failure

A similar incident also took place in the UK with a television-physician named Chris Steele. Natasha claimed that he was suffering from several medical conditions, like kidney stones, an ailment of the gallbladder, and an enlarged liver and pancreas. However, a later medical evaluation determined he was in good health. He did not suffer from any of those ailments Natasha identified.

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Prashanth Damarla