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Pray for 15-year-old
Summary of the eRumor
This eRumor includes a
message from a 15-year-old girl named Amanda and another message
from her mother.
It says that Amanda is suffering from a mysterious degenerative
medical condition and wants people to pray for her and let her know
they are praying.
She says the Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending her and her family to
There are several things about the email that don't ring true.
It says that the girl has an "undiagnosed" condition.
Anyone who has a girl with health issues as serious as described
would probably not misuse the word "diagnosed." If she's got a "neuromuscular degenerative disease," that's a
diagnosis even though the cause of it or the prognosis may be uncertain.
The story avoids the kind of details that a mother would normally
include in a narrative about a seriously ill child.
We checked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and they said they didn't
know anything about this story.
Last updated 3/11/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
This letter is from my daughter Amanda. Amanda has an undiagnosed
neuromuscular degenerative disease that has drastically changed her
Among other things, she is losing her eyesight, her muscles are
weakening, she wears braces on her legs now, she has severe tremors in
her hands, she is losing her bladder control, her IQ has dropped
drastically over the past few years (she is
15 and has the mind set of an 8 year old now) and she just keeps
getting worse. Amanda wanted to send out and email asking people to pray
for her. She believes very strongly in the power of prayer. She is very
devoted to the Lord and "wants to be a missionary when she grows
She wants to see how many people she can get to pray for her. If you
and say a prayer for her, please email her back and tell her. It will
lot to her! Thank you!
Hello, My name is Amanda. I have a disease that is
making my eyesight go away and is making my muscles get weak. I have a
of other things wrong too but the doctors dont know what is wrong. So
cant cure it. I want everybody to start praying for me to get better.
Being sick is not fun because I cant do the things I used to do like
ride my bicycle and
play outside. I spend most of my time in my room. I dont go to school
anymore because it got too hard. My favorite things to do is go to
study my bible and play with my dolls. My bible has taught me that Jesus
with me and he is the only one that can cure me. So I was thinking that
tell people about me and what is happening to me and ask them to pray
then maybe God will show the doctors what is wrong and they will cure
am going to Hawaii next week. The make a wish foundation is sending me
my family there. I would like you to pray for my trip to be safe too.
this email to all of the people you know! Then ask them to send it to
people they know so that the whole world will be praying for me! Then I
I will be cured! Thank
p.s...after you pray for me will you email me and
let me know? firstname.lastname@example.org
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