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A hermit in India's Ahmedabad City claims to have survived without food and water for the last 70 years. The Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences is carrying out a study on Prahlad Jani at a private hospital to understand the phenomenon behind his claim. He will be kept under observation at the hospital for the next 15 days and will go through a number of tests.

Neurophysician Sudhir Shah says Jani's survival is miraculous: "A person can live without food and water for three, four, seven to 12 days and we have studied during …fasting in the past that people have done fasting for 16 or 30 days, but they were taking water after eight days and certainly they pass urine but this case is a unique phenomena."

Some tests on his brain revealed that it resembled that of a 25-year-old person. Initial test reports confirmed Jani's body has undergone a biological transformation due to yoga exercises. Doctors also said there was no sign of fatigue or any other problem with the hermit, and he still prefers using stairs to the elevator. Not much is known about Jani's family since he had left home at the age of seven and wandered in jungles.

At the hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat Jani has been locked in for two weeks, with a sealed toilet and studied through a glass window, and with surveillance cameras. He seems to have survived only on air. When Jani on Thursday was released from his isolation, were the doctors baffled. He is fresh and keen. What is truly astonishing, and something we have no explanation for, is that he has not passed stools or urine. To my knowledge, that is medically unprecedented, says one of the doctors who examined the guru."