Gypsy Rose Blanchard's early life

Born in Louisiana in 1991, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was raised solely by her mother, who was known by family and friends as Dee Dee.

When Gypsy Rose was three months old, Dee Dee told doctors that her daughter didn’t seem to be breathing properly; consequently,

she was diagnosed with sleep apnoea and given breathing apparatus. Dee Dee, however, was convinced that something else was wrong.

When Gypsy Rose was seven, Dee Dee met with her extended family and told them that her daughter had a chromosomal disorder

meaning that her range of motion was limited and that she would have to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

After that, the health troubles seemed endless: Gypsy Rose needed a feeding tube; she suffered from leukemia;

she was then diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed a drug that made her teeth crumble.

Dee Dee often clashed with her family over her daughter's care and, one night, the pair left the family home suddenly, leaving no forwarding address.