November 21, 2017
Dee Dee Blanchard is alleged to have suffered from Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, also known as Factitious disorder imposed on another. At the time of her death in June 2015, Dee Dee had kept her daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, isolated for most of the young woman’s life, having convinced her and others that she was the victim of a number of debilitating diseases.
TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: I’m living a nightmare!
In part one of a two-part daytime exclusive airing Tuesday, Dr. Phil sits down with Gypsy inside Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center, where she is serving a 10-year sentence for her role in Dee Dee’s murder.
Gyspsy says her mother confined her to a wheelchair at the age of 7, telling others she had Muscular Dystrophy. She says she wasn’t permitted to speak during medical appointments.
“They didn’t ask you anything about your medical history, or if you were experiencing the symptoms she was reporting to him or her,” asks Dr. Phil.
“No the doctors never asked that because my mother told the doctors I was mentally incompetent,” responds Gypsy. “Therefore, they thought ‘she won’t know what she’s talking about. She has the mind of a child.’”