Articles like this are usually for publicity, either to further a career as a burlesque dancer, promote a self-help book about a miracle cure, or whatever. In this case she is trying to raise money - both the pictures have a "Just Giving" stamp on them, and there is a link to where you can donate in the article. Very kind of the Daily Mail, but when any money donated is likely to end up in the pocket of some quack I'll give it a miss I think. Rachel, the sufferer, isn't quoted at all in the article, just her mother. In fact the journalist writes So the journalist has spoken to the mum of someone who apparently lives in a tent somewhere but the mother has forgotten where her daughter's from or the journalist thinks she remembers the mum said London or something but anyway she's ill, pretty, and wants some money and there's a tent involved and winter's only 5 months away so we'll run it. This from the DM's "Health Reporter" FFS.