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Concern for Lina started when the little girl began developing a bloated abdomen. Moreover, the swelling didn’t go down; on the contrary, it seemed to get bigger and bigger. Naturally very worried, Lina’s mother and father suspected that their daughter could be suffering from a tumor. But before heading to the hospital, they sought help from a curious source.

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The family reportedly asked local shamans to see if they could cure Lina of her problem, and the shamans apparently believed that her strange growth could be down to her being possessed. So Lina’s father, Tiburelo, granted permission for them to exorcise his daughter in a bid to remove “the snake under her belly.”

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Whether or not this “exorcism” actually took place is unknown. If it did, it clearly didn’t work – but what happened next is known to have occurred. With Lina’s ever-growing bump still present, it was time to see some professionals.

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