In 1984, a woman was sitting at home reading when she suddenly heard a very clear voice inside her head. The voice told her, “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 Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street, and we would like to help you.”
After a series of medical tests, including psychological assessments, the patient was eventually diagnosed with a large benign meningioma (brain tumor). The voice continued to speak to her throughout the medical testing.
After she had surgery to remove the tumor, the patient heard from the voices one last time after regaining consciousness when she heard them say, “We are pleased to have helped you. Goodbye.”
She reported no post-surgical problems and never heard the voice again.
The study of a patient diagnosing her own brain tumor with help of mysterious voices in her head was published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).