Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a while now. I love seeing families getting the well deserved help they need. What I thought would never happen with the show, has. One of the families from the show, especially the mother, is under fire for putting their two little girls through what is now being called false claims.
March 2009 the Cerda family, which includes husband and wife Chuck and Terri, and daughters Molly and Maggie, were featured on the show. Terri, along with her daughters made the claim that all three of them suffered from combined immunodeficiency disease. Ty Pennington and his crew put together an amazing home that made it easier to stay healthy for Terri and the girls. But according to Yahoo, the house was up for sale in the fall of the same year. When they moved to Oregon to try to start over with a healthy life, this is where their troubles began. Steve Mays from OregonLive.com wrote:
In January, Dr. Thomas Valvano, an OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital pediatrician who specializes in suspected child abuse and neglect, reported the Cerdas to state child-welfare authorities, and in February, the state took temporary custody of the two girls.
They really tried to push the subject and get that house of theirs fixed with a video that tried to show how the girls “have to live with their problem.”
This isn’t the first time parents have made their children lie to get a great benefit. Remember the balloon boy?