Katie Price’s son Harvey has a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, which leaves him with complex needs and a long list of behavioral and medical conditions. But what condition is Harvey in?
And how will that affect his future?
Katie Price: Harvey and Me will air on BBC One on Monday (January 25, 2021).
Everything you need to know is here.
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What is Harvey’s condition?
Harvey has a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome.
It causes a wide variety of physical symptoms, learning disabilities, and behavior problems.
Typical symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome are excessive appetite and overeating, learning difficulties, and behavior problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.
Harvey also has septooptic dysplasia, autism, and is partially blind.
Septooptic dysplasia is the name given to the condition that causes a child to be diagnosed with two or more of the following problems – optic nerve hypoplasia, midline brain abnormalities, and pituitary abnormalities.
Harvey’s long list of behavioral and medical conditions has left him with the cognitive understanding of a seven-year-old.
As a result, he can become aggressive and violent.
He recently refused to get off a plane because he didn’t want a family vacation to end.
Armed police officers were called in to deal with the situation.
What’s his prognosis?
There is no cure for Prader-Willi syndrome.
Harvey has to take a long list of medications to relieve symptoms and stabilize his mood.
Due to Harvey’s excessive appetite, one of the biggest challenges Katie faces is trying to maintain a normal weight for her son.
According to the NHS, children with Prader-Willi syndrome can become dangerously overweight.
A child with the syndrome can eat three to six times more than other children of the same age – and is still hungry.
Katie recently announced that son Harvey had lost weight thanks to a healthy eating initiative.
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Can he ever lead a normal life on his own?
Harvey’s long list of complex needs means that it is extremely unlikely that he could ever live alone.
Many adults with Prader-Willi syndrome participate in activities such as volunteering or part-time work.
However, due to their behavior problems and learning difficulties, it is unlikely that they will be able to lead a completely independent life.
Harvey needs home care, also because Katie has reached the “crisis point”.
She says: “Crisis point because it affected the other children. It was the danger zone for him. Smash the house. “
Harvey is currently attending the Linden Lodge special school for children aged 2 to 19 with sensory impairments.
Katie adds, “I hated it when he went to a dorm. I howled. But then I saw that he was happy there. I made sure the bedroom was home.
“As parents, it is important to give them the best possible future and to lead them.
“I could sit here now and say that Harvey may never be able to live alone.
“How do I know he could do it in 10 years? He surprises us all the time. “
Will Harvey die young because of his condition?
Prader-Willi syndrome itself is not life threatening.
However, compulsive eating and weight gain can cause young adults with the syndrome to develop obesity-related disorders.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart failure, and breathing difficulties.
Unfortunately, if Harvey’s weight is not kept in check, he could die much younger than normally expected.
What caused Harvey’s condition?
Katie has been accused by cruel critics of causing Harvey’s condition.
Unfounded allegations allege she drank and used drugs during her pregnancy – which she angrily denied.
In fact, Prader-Willi syndrome is caused by a fault in a group of genes on chromosome number 15.
This failure leads to a number of problems and is believed to affect part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which produces hormones and regulates growth and appetite.
This could explain some of the typical characteristics of Prader-Willi syndrome, such as retarded growth and persistent hunger.
The genetic cause is random and boys and girls of all races can be affected.
It is extremely rare for parents to have more than one child with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Who is Harvey’s father?
Harvey’s father is former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker, Dwight Yorke.
The relationship between Harvey and his father is practically nonexistent.
Katie became pregnant with Harvey, who was born in May 2002, while briefly dating former Premier League footballer Dwight.
Katie previously asked Dwight to get in touch with his son.
She pleaded on social media: “Please see your son. Get in contact. Have a heart because Harvey doesn’t deserve to see your other son and not him!
“You’re always welcome. It’s never too late. Why can’t Harvey meet his brother?”
Katie Price: Harvey and I on BBC One
This documentary follows Katie as she searches for a dorm for Harvey.
Not the former glamor model Jordan or the famous Katie, but a mother who desperately wants the best for her son.
She needs a facility that can handle Harvey’s complex combination of problems while giving him some independence.
When Harvey turns 18, he and Katie explore the possibilities of continuing education colleges.
Katie is told that if the internship doesn’t work for Harvey, it could affect his sanity and wellbeing.
The couple also meet other families with disabled young adults.
Katie says, “I have to give Harvey the best shot he can.”
She recently came across reports of bringing Harvey into foster care and making efforts to deal with it.
Katie’s rep told ED! What the mother of five hoped Harvey would do in college.
They said, “Like many parents of disabled children who turn 18, Katie is actively looking for a dormitory to go to once he leaves school.”
The representative added that it would be “somewhere where he would learn to live as independently as possible, learn life skills and connect with his peers – to make invaluable friendships.”
Katie Price: Harvey and Me will air on Monday (25 January 2021) at 8.30pm on BBC One (not in Wales or Northern Ireland)
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