She broke a rib in the mishap. Saint Lidwina never fully recovered and became an invalid. It is believed that Saint Lidwina was the first known case of multiple sclerosis.
Saint Lidwina Legend
Saint Lidwina fasted constantly after her accident. She became known as a holy woman and a healer. Some villagers thought she was possessed by an evil spirit.
While Saint Lidwina was bedridden, she ate no food and never slept. The story told is that at first, Saint Lidwina ate a small slice of an apple, then the servings became a small piece of a date, and then water from the river contaminated with salt. It is documented that Saint Lidwina lost skin, bones, parts of her body fell off, and she lost pieces of her intestines. Saint Lidwina’s parents kept the body parts in a vase. Saint Lidwina told her mother to bury the body parts.
Saint Lidwina died at fifty-three years of age on April 14, 1433. She had continued her miraculous fasting for her entire life.