Associated Press reported that the TV show Extreme Makeover, which airs on ABC TV channel is now investigating, along with the authorities, a special case: the Cerda family.
The Cerda family moved to Oregon in 2009. They have been selected to participate at Extreme Makeover due to the health problems the children had and to the inappropriate conditions that they were raised in. According to the mother, Terri Cerda, her daughters, Molly, who is 10 and Maggie, who is 8, both have immune deficiency conditions that do not allow them to function properly in society. In the interview that was done for the TV show before rebuilding and remodeling their home, the mother, Terri, explained more about the condition of the girls. She said that they get sick faster and they have been under medical treatment since a very young age. The oldest of the girls, Molly, also talked to the camera and said that that she cannot stay in any climate condition as she gets a cold very easily. The younger sister didn’t talk directly to the camera.
During the video, the children weren’t given any medication. Still, the mother explains that she has a similar condition and she has to carry pills and medical devices with her at al times. She is seen taking some pills.
Impressed by the case, the team from Extreme Makeover tore down the old house and practically builds a new one, with filtered air and a great swimming pool in the back yard. And, of course, a lot more other improvements.
However, after a while, they discovered that the Cerda family was lying about their health problems. Doctors in Oregon have warned the child welfare authorities on the danger the mother is putting the daughters in. According to them she was impulsively seeking treatment for immune-deficiency conditions that the girls did not have.
The authorities took temporary custody of the two daughters in February. In one month, the family sold the house because they couldn’t afford the maintenance expenses and moved back to Nevada. The state then gave the girls back to the family.