'Two mothers have spoken of their harrowing ordeals after being wrongly accused by a doctor of causing their children’s illnesses.
Taliah Drayak and Natalie Whyte were both suspected of causing or fabricating conditions in the youngsters – but both infants were later diagnosed with medical conditions.
Mrs Drayak, from Orkney, said she was left feeling like she was having a ‘heart attack’ when her daughter, Beatrix, was taken away from her, after concerns were raised by a doctor about the child’s health.
The two-year-old had a complex medical history and had been placed on anti-epilepsy medicine but she was struggling to feed and kept vomiting.
During the investigation, mother-of-seven Mrs Drayak, 36, was allowed to continue caring for her other children, but Beatrix was removed from the family home.
The toddler spent three months in foster care before an arrangement was made for Beatrix to be cared for by her father at a separate address, with Mrs Drayak getting limited supervised access.
The family were not fully reunited until almost a year later when the case was dropped – after expert medical reports disagreed with the doctor’s diagnosis.
Mrs Drayak had been wrongly suspected of Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) in relation to Beatrix. FII, also known as Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy, is a rare form of child abuse which occurs when a parent or carer, usually the mother, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.
Mrs Drayak told BBC Scotland: ‘When she was taken away it was just shock, a physical shock.
‘You feel like you can’t breathe, like you’re having a heart attack, and when that finally wears off you get to the point when you can start crying.
‘It’s terrifying because you were living your life and everything was going well, then suddenly everything is blown to pieces. It’s almost like being told you’re crazy.'
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