A father is fighting for custody of his son after his mother’s arrest for injury to a child. According to KVUE, 8-year-old Christopher Bowen of Dallas has been hospitalized 323 times and undergone 13 major surgeries. He has also received treatments — including hospice care and being confined to a wheelchair— but authorities believe he seems healthy and that the illnesses may have been concocted by his mother, Karen Bowen-Wright.
Investigators believe this may be an incident of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disorder in which a caregiver, in this case the mother, invents an illness even though there is no need for medical care.
“They doctor shop and hospital shop,” explained expert Dr. Marc Feldman of people with this disorder. “They often frequent many emergency rooms over a wide geographic area. One doctor may never know that medical procedures or diagnostic tests have already been performed elsewhere, so it