Girl Who Can Start Fire With Her Brain Mystifies Scientists

2 January, 2013

First version of this article was originally published on 27 June, 2012 - Many think this young girl has supernatural abilities and scientists are puzzled by what she has accomplished so far.

She is now being called a global scientific phenomenon.

According to the family, their 11-year-old daughter has a bizarre ability to set things aflame by just being near them.

The young Vietnamese girl living in HCM City's Tan Binh District has drawn a great deal of attention from the nation's media.

Her father tells it all started about a month ago when the family home's electrical network suffered several short circuits, about a month ago. Electricians were called to fix the short circuit but could not find the cause behind the power failures.

A fan in the house was partially burned

He said the girl was taken to other houses where the same phenomenon took place each time. Her mattresses, fans and other equipment have burst into flames. The hotel room where her family stayed two weeks ago during their holiday on Vung Tau beach also suffered burns from a blaze.

The girl has been examined by doctors at Cho Ray Hospital and the Children's Hospital No. 2 but nothing abnormal has been found.

But a team of scientists from the Centre of Research and Application for Radio-active Geo-biological Energy at Hong Bang University has also carried out tests on the girl and confirmed that she is unusual.

Burned ceiling in the girl's family house.

Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung, director of the university, said that the girl is capable of burning things around her.

"This is a very strange case not only in Viet Nam but for the world," said Hung.

Brain scans discovered an unusual line on the right part of the girl's brain, said the doctor.

"She burned objects that were located near and far from her, so there is no specific distance limit," said Hung.

Samples of her blood, skin tissue and urine along with objects from the girl's home have been taken for further analysis, he said.

Nguyen Phuc Giac Hai, a scientist at the Research Centre of Human Potential, said the girl was a global scientific phenomenon.

"This case is special because it has lasted for more than one month and fires have occurred wherever she has been," said Hai.

He said the centre is going to hold a conference next week to find out the causes of the girl's condition and discuss ways to ensure her protection.

Three researchers Doan Viet Tien, Nguyen Ngoc Hoai and Pham Dinh Tri are of the opinion that "the girl's biological energy is not stable, since it fluctuates from time to time."

Scientists at the Viet Nam Physics Institute are also studying the case and will soon release their findings.

Hung said the girl will be taken to school or other places by a car and with carers, and her home and school have also been equipped with fire extinguishers.

The phenomenon is called pyrokinesis. It coined by horror novelist Stephen King for the ability to create or to control fire with the mind.

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