After 20/20 aired last night, a big search today is “Desiree Jennings, cheerleader, fake disorder?” Read more about the details of this story, plus you can see photos and a related video below.
As a follow-up to the ABC news magazine’s previous story on her in December 2009, the focus has shifted and many are wondering, did Desiree Jennings, a cheerleader, fake her disorder?
Shortly after her flu shot in the fall of 2009, she started feeling ill. She had body aches and fever. Before she knew it, her walking was affected along with her difficulty in reading and doing some basic math skills. Additionally, her speech, which was hampered by some stuttering, was now sounding more like a British accent.
Jennings and her husband sought ought several doctors to try and find a cure. While at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she was informed of the disorder dystonia and found that many of the symptoms were similar to hers.
You may remember when video of her appearance on Inside Edition went viral last year, where we saw the pretty brunette have difficulty walking and problems with her speech. Running was not a problem, and even returned her speech to normal. A simple act of walking up the stairs proved difficult, and she has resorted to doing so backwards.
Now people are doubting Jennings’ symptoms. She told 20/20: “Why would I fake it?” I”ve had a great life. . . Now I’m sitting at home every day, bored to tears.”
Several neurologists were asked by 20/20 what they thought of Jennings’ condiiton, and they feel that it was not a result of the flu shot she received but instead, “It’s a psychogenic disorder rather than a neurological disorder.”
What do you think? Was it all a hoax? Desiree Jennings, cheerleader, fake disorder — all sounds like a movie in the making, doesn’t it? Give me your thoughts on this topic, plus you can see some photos and a video of her below.