Athiyalil Thomas Abraham also called Athiyalil Kunjettan was born in Kattoor family of Punkunnam. He was born with a defect of his lower libs. Both his legs were twisted. His parents took him for treatment to places in Kerala and outside but were of no avail. Once where their relatives were going to St Alphonsa’s Tomb at Bharananganam, their aunt Aleykutty advised them to take the 11 year old boy too. They did so. On reaching the cemetery, they prayed fervently on their knees to St Alphonsa, for the whole day. It was his father’s sister Aleykutty who found the miraculous healing of the boy’s legs on the second day. Vicar Rev. Fr. George Mulangattil(Sr.) of Ponkunnam Church conducted Thanksgiving prayers. The famous doctor Dr. Eppachen Kadamapuzha of Kanjirappally on examination of the boy agreed that both legs have been healed. This miracle was chosen to declare Venerable Alphonsa as Blessed. Athiyalil Thomas Abraham, who ceaselessly prayed Novenas to Sr. Alphonsa and led others to her for most of his life, is 72 years old in 2010.
On 5th may 1998, Jinil was born at a private hospital in Ettumanoor. He is the second son of the Sales tax Inspector of Kottayam, named Ozhuthottiyil Shaji Joseph and of Kappumthala Service Co-operative Bank employee, named Lissy. The child was born with his legs bent inwards. He was taken to the ESI Hospital and to the Medical College. His legs were put into plaster casts and these were to be changed after six days. But the legs became septic and the casts had to be removed. Surgery was advised after six months by orthopaedic specialist Dr. P. S. John, but Mr. Shaji Joseph, who had found that not many were benefited by this, refused it. It was pathetic to see little Jinil dragging himself on the floor. At one and a half year of age the limbs became lifeless below the knees. The Vicar of Kapumthala Fathimapuram Church, Rev. Fr. Jose Vallompurayidom told them of the power of intercession by Bl. Alphonsa to heal such disabilities. So on the 13th of November, 1999, Mr. Shaji and his family came to the tomb of Bl. Alphonsa. For two and a half hours the wept and prayed at the tomb. That evening Jinil got up, holding his parents’ hands, on to his feet. The surprised parents then held his hand and helped him to walk a few steps. The lifeless legs have become normal and strong, miraculously. This miracle was chosen for the elevation of Blessed Alphonsa to Sainthood.
Hundreds of miraculous cures are claimed for her intervention, many of them involving straightening of clubbed feet, possibly because of her having lived with deformed feet herself. Two of these cases were submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as proof of her miraculous intervention. The continuing cures are chronicled in the magazine PassionFlower.
Bishop Sebastian reported:
About ten years ago, when I was in a small village in Wayanad outside Manatavady, I saw a boy walking with some difficulty, using a stick. As he approached me I noted that both of his feet were turned upside down. I had a stack of holy cards in my pocket with Alphonsa’s picture on them, so I pulled one of them out and gave it to the boy. When I told the boy that he should pray to this woman for the cure of his feet, the boy-he was quite smart for a ten-year-old boy-replied: “But I’m a Muslim, and, besides, I was born this way.” I replied that God is very powerful, so let’s pray. A few months later,a boy and a gentleman appeared at the house here.I didn’t recognize them at first but soon learned that it was the Muslim boy with his father, here to tell me that his feet had been cured through their prayers to Sister Alphonsa. They showed me the calluses on the tops of his feet, and you could see the marks which had been made from the years of his walking with his feet turned under. Before they left, the three of us had our pictures taken.
The boy had reportedly taken Alphonsa’s picture card and asked Alphonsa to help fix his feet. Several days afterwards one of his feet supposedly turned around. He and the other members of his family then prayed for the cure of the second foot, which also supposedly turned around later.