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Woman’s medical hoax ‘appalling’

My Opinion
Alan Stewart, Staff Writer

There were a whole litany of adjectives people on the street were using recently to describe their feelings about the 27-year-old English woman who claimed to have a terminal medical condition and received money raised from fundraisers that were supposed to benefit her medical and burial costs.
Most were synonymous with appalling or sickening, which is certainly a fair assessment if the accusations turn out to be founded.
According to a probable cause affidavit, an anonymous tip was received by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. regarding Teryn Edith Applegate and her allegedly earning money for medical bills for a falsely purported inoperable brain tumor.
Medical records obtained by the HCSD confirmed that Applegate had never been diagnosed for an inoperable brain tumor.
(For those working in the Harrison County Justice Center, where Applegate is currently housed, the crime hits close to home, with a fellow worker who is currently taking time off for cancer treatment.)
Applegate played on the heartstrings of the community here and in Clark County, where live and online fundraisers took place and local businesses and churches donated to an illness that appeared to be a figment of a twisted imagination. When it comes to giving, Harrison County seems to always find a way to go above and beyond reaching out and helping one another, no matter what the cause or situation. For an individual to play those heartstrings like a fiddle to bilk folks out of their hard-earned money is unbelievably disgusting.
What is especially troubling is that not only did Applegate bamboozle people she didn’t know, she also played out her allegations to those around her, telling them she was given only six months to live. She apparently duped her fianc’ and father of her youngest child. She duped friends. She duped a newspaper outside of Harrison County. And it would be difficult to believe absolutely nothing had been mentioned to her children, ages 12, 10 and 21 months, at some point in her fairy tale.
Brain tumors are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20 (leukemia is the first), the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20 to 39 (leukemia is the first) and is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20 to 39.
Brain tumors are nothing to be toyed with, and, if Applegate is guilty of what she’s accused of, her punishment (which may actually be a reward) should be that she somehow be required to see, hear from ‘ and help ‘ people who really have that type of ailment.