Did Extreme Makeover Mom Fake Daughters’ Illnesses?

May 16, 2011

Wow. After a family with two very sick young girls appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, people are beginning to think the mother might have been faking her daughters’ illnesses.

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This is a disturbing story. We’ve all heard of mothers who are convinced that their kids have something seriously wrong with them. Some go to extreme lengths to convince people, and even purposely make them sick. Doctors call it Munchausen Syndrome.

No one is sure if the mother in this story actually has it, but some experts believe that Terri Cerda may have exaggerated the problems that her little girls suffered with.

The family appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in sad shape. Their Las Vegas house was in bad condition, and the daughters were seen wearing protective masks to keep them healthy.

The show managed to completely fix up the house, putting in a pool and some fancy air-cleansing systems to help with the little girls’ health problems.

I think what got peoples’ attention was how they suddenly moved last year. The Daily Mail reports that they decided to sell their old house and move the entire family to Oregon.

Obviously they got a lot more money for it than they would have before the show. It sounds like some kind of scam to me.

Anyway, after they moved doctors started having trouble figuring out what was wrong with the girls, but none of them could find anything serious.

Finally, one doctor noticed that the mother kept trying to get second opinions and was even making up some of their symptoms, and decided to call child welfare officials.

The part that bothers me the most is that, even though a bunch of doctors testified that the mother was making it up, the children were eventually brought back to live with her.

They even moved out of Oregon and continued treatment with their old doctors. It looks like they could be dodging the system. I just hope these little girls are alright.

It’s worth reading the whole story at The Daily Mail.

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