Kathleen Bush earned the nation's sympathy and admiration as she struggled to care for her grievously sick child. 8 year-old Jennifer was afflicted, her mother claimed, with a variety of ... See full summary »

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Kathleen Bush earned the nation's sympathy and admiration as she struggled to care for her grievously sick child. 8 year-old Jennifer was afflicted, her mother claimed, with a variety of complaints, including a rare intestinal condition that had required over 200 hospital stays and nearly 40 surgeries. With no health insurance, Jennifer's family was devastated financially. Largely through the publicity her mother drew to her plight, Jennifer became the "poster child" for health care reform in the early 1990s. Kathy Bush courted so much attention for her chronically ill daughter that the family met with Hillary Clinton and testified before Congress. Then, in a shocking twist, Jennifer's long-suffering mother was arrested on the unthinkable charge of child abuse. Investigators alleged that Kathy Bush had created her daughter's medical problems because she suffered from Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP), a rare phenomenon in which a parent-usually a mother-makes a child ill because ... Written by Anonymous

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