The Polish woman who believes she could be Madeleine McCann may be battling cancer, her spokesperson has revealed, as the pair await her DNA test results.
Julia Faustyna, also known as Wandelt or Wendell, has faced huge backlash since she revealed via a now-deleted Instagram account that she could be the missing British child who disappeared in Portugal in 2007.
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Psychic medium and private investigator Fia Johansson, who acts as the 21-year-old’s spokesperson, flew Faustyna from Poland to the US last week after she started receiving death threats online, including a bounty on her head.
The pair are waiting for Faustyna’s DNA test results, which will answer the question of where her true family is from, after submitting samples for three different forensic examinations and undertaking a genetic test similar to 23andMe.
The results are due back in coming weeks, The Sun reports.
Johansson has now revealed Faustyna is also nervously awaiting the results of further health tests, as doctors fear she may have leukaemia.
She said the DNA test results will determine if the duo continues its investigation into whether Julia could be Madeleine or another missing person.
“Now the focus is on Julia as a person – not Madeleine,” she told The Sun.
“She has had a neglected childhood and suffered much abuse.
“Her health is very poor, she has bad asthma and she suffers lots of pain in her bones.”
The 21-year-old is booked in for a CT and MRI scan to determine the cause of the pain in her bones, Johansson added.
“Her blood work is also abnormal so my doctor here in the US is investigating whether she could have leukeamia so we are awaiting the results of that. And if she needs any treatment we will make sure she gets that,” she said.
7NEWS.com.au has contacted Johansson for comment.
Escaping death threats
Faustyna flew to the US with Johansson last week after it was revealed she had been receiving death threats.
“Welcome to the USA, Julia. The land of love and dreams,” Johansson said in a video on social media.
Asked how it felt to be in the US, Faustyna said “like an angel, excited … I hope there are more kind people”.
Faustyna says she tried to call her mother and father to ask them to come and do a DNA test, but claimed her number had been blocked by both.
Johansson recently revealed Faustyna had received death threats and had to be removed from her home in Poland for her own safety.
The threats started on Snapchat, Johansson said, before spreading to other social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook.
Johansson claimed Faustyna faced “a severe and credible death threat” including a “price on her head”.
Authorities have taken the threat “very seriously” and Faustyna was immediately removed from her hometown, Johansson added.
The 21-year-old’s viral Instagram account @iammadeleinemccann, which she used to post what she claimed was evidence that she was McCann, was unexpectedly deleted two weeks ago.
Faustyna had used the account to share side-by-side childhood photos of both her and Madeleine, saying they shared the same eye defect – a trait now synonymous with the missing child.
She also claimed she had post-traumatic amnesia as a result of being sexually abused as a child by a paedophile she does not know the identity of but recognises as facial composite image 4B from the Find Madeleine website.
Last month, Johansson told The Sun Faustyna was “open to the fact she could be any missing child out there” after a new theory emerged that she could be missing Swiss girl Livia Schepp.
Twins Alessia and Livia Schepp were six when they were abducted from Switzerland in 2011 by their father, who committed suicide in Italy days later. When police found the body, there was no sign of the girls.
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