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Kari Murphy
Kari Murphy • 48 weeks ago

15 year old girl taken from parents by hospital/DCF who allege that girl does not have mito, but rather pysch illness. DCF placed her in psych ward where she has remained for 9 months. Parents allege kidnapping. This is actually NOT uncommon---has happened across the US for years, due, in part, to the nature of mitochondrial disease which is difficult to dx, and easy to "fake" by parents. Doctors/hospitals worry about MSBP, malingering and over-medicalization. Where is the truth here?

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