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WOMAN IS SENTENCED FOR CAUSING CHILD'S ILLNESS

A woman who prosecutors said deliberately made her daughter so sick that the girl had her gall bladder, appendix and part of her intestines removed was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Prosecutors said Kathy Bush, 42, had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disorder in which a parent causes illnesses in the child to get attention. Bush was convicted in October of child abuse and fraud.

Judge Victor Tobin also sentenced her to five years' probation.

By the time the state started its investigation in 1996, her daughter, Jennifer, now 12, had been hospitalized 200 times and had undergone about 40 operations. Doctors treated her for seizures, infections and symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

Prosecutors said Bush gave her daughter excessive dosages of seizure medication, tampered with the girl's feeding machine and fabricated symptoms on her medical charts.

Jennifer's illnesses received national attention when the girl and her mother went to the White House to help lobby for health insurance improvements. Sports stars rallied to help the family.

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