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    ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ duped by family’s sick claim - Yahoo! News

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    Ty Pennington and the philanthropic crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" have been giving families the houses of their dreams through sweeping seven-day renovations and reconstructions since the series premiered in 2004. The uplifting reality show brokers in hardest-luck cases that sometimes appear too sad to be true. And in some cases, as it turns out, they are: according to a recent trial in Oregon, it seems the would-be do-gooders were duped by a family falsely claiming two very sick young daughters.

    "Extreme Makeover" recipients Chuck and Terri Cerda are the parents of Molly and Maggie, 10 and 8 respectively. Terri, in her appeal to the show, said she suffers from combined immunodeficiency disease, as do her daughters, who had to wear masks to guard against the toxins coursing through the air of their rundown, mold-filled Las Vegas house. You can watch a video of Terri and the two girls posted by the Immune Deficiency Foundation above.

    That was before "Extreme Makeover" transformed their abode in March 2009 into "an opulent new home that included high-quality air filtration systems, an elevator, solar-heated swimming pool, gourmet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace," as The Oregonian's Steve Mays writes. But it turned out the Cerdas "couldn't afford the increased cost of operating the larger home. By fall 2009, the house was for sale and the family moved to Oregon."


    Which is when their real troubles began. Mays reports:

    Several doctors and a hospital social worker began to question Terri Cerda's insistence that her daughters had chronic health problems when tests and examinations indicated otherwise. 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.

    The ensuing case in Clackamas County Circuit Court told a story much different from the one presented on television.

    Six doctors testified that Molly, 10, and Maggie, 8, did not live in constant medical peril, as Terri Cerda claimed.

    Valvano went further. The Cerda children, he told the judge, were victims of medical child abuse.
    The Cerda family's case is not the only the ethical oversight "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has been charged with in its seven years on air.

    Back in 2005, for instance, five orphaned siblings sued a couple that allegedly took them into their care in order to get a new nine-bedroom house before turning the kids out one by one. In 2007, a Hawaii couple that benefited from the program's generosity was revealed to have a household income of more than $200,000. And last year, the Wall Street Journal detailed the plights of three families who either struggled "to pay the upkeep on their expensive new homes" or ended "up with bigger mortgages that are hard to maintain."


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    Rose 9 minutes ago
    First of all I do believe this is a scam and the children will be better off away from their mother. However, for the rest of the story mentioned,, I see no reason for the show to build since elaborate houses. They have built several in my area and they are out of place on the street where they are built, the mortgage and taxes are a terrible burden and some people have to sell their new homes. It seems to me they could build more homes for deserving folks if they made them more simply and less expensive. A heated swimming pool, copper guttering and such things are not needed for anyone.
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    130Ronnie 9 minutes ago
    The show itself deserves some of the blame. Why? - Because they try to out do each episode with extravagant homes, bedrooms, backyard pools, etc. instead of just replacing the homes with simply better ones. Most families will not be able to afford their new homes given what they are worth new.
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    It seems like in the past season, they've paid off a lot of mortgages, which will cut back on people losing the newly built homes.

    As for the cost of running and the upkeep of the home, that's definitely something they could look into before building these houses.
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