Blessed Margaret of Castello was born in Metola, Italy to noble parents who wanted a son. Because their daughter was born blind and a hunchbacked dwarf she was kept hidden and locked in a room onto the side of the parish church for 16 years, where she was fed through a small window and able to hear Mass and receive Holy Communion through another window. When she was 20 her parents took her to a shrine in Castello, where miracles were reportedly being wrought, to pray for a cure for her birth defects. When no miracle happened they abandoned her. The poor of the city took her in as their own. Margaret had to beg for her food and eventually sought shelter with some Dominican nuns. She died at the age of 33 and a crippled girl was miraculously cured at her funeral. Her body has remained incorrupt.