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Believers flocked to see the hospital window, which they say carries an image of the Virgin Mary.
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Outliers: Hospital window draws faithful

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: November 17, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

A Malaysian hospital faced a bit of a religious dilemma this month. Seems hundreds of people were drawn to see what they believe is an image of the Virgin Mary on a window at Sime Darby Medical Centre.

Prayerful crowds of Roman Catholics had gathered outside the hospital in a suburb near Kuala Lumpur since earlier this month after an image believed to resemble the Virgin Mary was spotted on the hospital's seventh-floor window. To prevent disruptions to services, the hospital agreed to surrender the window to a nearby church.

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The Rev. Simon Labrooy of the suburb's Church of St. Thomas More told the Associated Press he met with hospital officials and agreed the crowd situation could affect medical emergency services.

He said in a statement last week that the hospital glass panel would be turned over to a church and tested by theologians and religious authorities.

Outliers is reminded of a pair of similar episodes at U.S. hospitals in the past decade. The incidents were both in Massachusetts and attributed to either chemical or mineral deposits.

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