Munchhausen Syndrome is a fortunately rare but serious mental illness, whereby a person deliberately acts as though they are physically or mentally ill, whereas in reality they have no illness at all.

Munchhausen Syndrome by proxy is a variant, where the person suffering acts as though another – normally a child under their care – is seriously ill, and gets them hospital treatment…which can often result in serious threat to the child’s life.

In Texas, Kaylene Bowen, 34, has been arrested for causing injury to her child, Christopher, who is eight. She has taken the child to the hospital 323 times since he was born; lied to doctors that he had milk allergy; and said he needed a lung transplant. According to social media, Kaylene said that Christopher was suffering from terminal cancer.

Christopher, according to doctors, is perfectly healthy.

Picture source: August von Wille