Sunday, 25 March 2012
graphic via treehugger.com
I'm able to eat pretty much anything I want (and often too much of it), but I have friends who are allergic to dairy products or have celiac disease. This is unfortunate since it limits what they can eat, but what if you were allergic to all types of food?
Joshua, a 9-year-old boy, suffers from eosinophilic esophagitis and cannot eat almost almost any type of food. Even the smell can be dangerous for his health. If he does try to eat, his esophagus (the tube in the body that food passes through to get to the stomach) could close up, preventing him from breathing. The only thing he is able to eat is baby food and the rest of the nutrients Josh needs comes from a formula that he takes through a feeding tube in his stomach. I saw the article on Shine, along with two videos here.
I cannot begin to imagine the stress that Joshua's parents go through each day to ensure that he doesn't come near food and it's so unfortunate that he can't go to school because of this disease.
What did you think about Joshua's condition?