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Nurse Chanda Thie Faked Terminal Illness for 'Fast Track' Degree

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A woman who was in nursing school lied about having terminal brain cancer, leading to her getting put on the fast track to finish her degree as well as having a scholarship made out in her name.

Chanda Thie, 31, attended Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, Ind. She told her peers and teachers that she was dying from glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer, in 2008. She even went as far as to not use her right hand in public and wore a bandage on her chest, claiming it was for a device that could enable medical staff to give her an IV. 

One of her friends pushed her in a wheelchair and another gave her a bath once. 

When she said it was her dying wish to become a nurse, the school put her on the fast track to complete the degree and also created a scholarship for other students in her name.

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Before she "died" she visited her former teachers, prompting one to write a eulogy.

Indiana University Health hired Thie in 2008 when she was expected to receive her degree. But a complaint filed in the Indiana attorney general's office says that Thie is not fit for practicing nursing because of her addiction to drugs or alcohol, mental disability and the illegal possession of a catheter.

The complaint also seeks disciplinary actions, including suspension, revocation or probation. It is not known if she is still working for the hospital.

In 2011 and 2012, Thie told the attorney general's office that she was hospitalized for an overdose, depression and suicidal thoughts. 

While it has been reported that Thie was given preferential treatment at her school, Ivy Tech spokesman Jeffery Fanter said this was not the case. He also said the scholarship was cancelled when the school discovered she was lying.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a person is at a greater risk of faking an illness if they are suffering from low self-esteem, experience being cared for dung a childhood illness, lose a loved one, work in the healthcare field or have an unfulfilled ambition to work within the health field. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Indy Star