Julia Faustyna: Polish woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann dealt another blow with cancer scare

A Polish woman who believes she may be missing British girl Madeleine McCann has revealed she may have leukaemia.

Julia Faustyna, who is also known as Julia Wendell and Julia Wandelt, gained worldwide attention after claiming she is the missing girl who disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.

Earlier in the week, Faustyna submitted samples for three forensic tests to determine whether she has any ties to the McCann family ancestry.

But now, her private investigator Dr Fia Johansson has revealed there are fears Faustyna could have leukaemia.

Dr Johansson told The Sun they are still waiting for the DNA test results but the focus has now shifted to "Julia as a person - not Madeleine".

"We are still waiting on the result of DNA testing that will show us exactly what Julia's ethnic background is and what country she and her true family are from. These kinds of tests are very accurate.

"Of course, depending on the result of that we will continue our investigation to see if Julia could be Madeleine or another missing person."

"Her blood work is also abnormal so my doctor here in the US is investigating whether she could have leukaemia so we are awaiting the results of that. And if she needs any treatment we will make sure she gets that," she told the outlet.

Dr Johansson said if the results show she is British then they will continue the investigation and will send the results to detectives in Portugal for comparison.

"We have a lot of evidence right now that shows Julia was definitely trafficked to Poland from another country by an international sex trafficking group," Dr Johansson said.

She added although they are still conducting their investigation "Julia is definitely not the biological daughter of her parents in Poland".

Faustyna claims she has no memory of her childhood and details from her parents simply don't add up.

Because of this, and an eye defect that matches the toddlers, she is adamant they are the same person.

This has been ruled out by the Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw who told Polish news site Gazeta Faustyna's version of events do not add up.

In spite of this, Johansson and Faustyna have continued the DNA process also saying they are open to the possibility that she may be another missing girl Livia Schwepp.