A five-year-old boy who suffers from a severe form of eczema has told his mother that he wants to die rather than continue to suffer the excruciating pain.
Dana Bishop, 36, says that her son Morgan contracted the painful skin condition when he was four months old. The family have since tried almost every treatment available, including a chemotherapy.
Yet, the skin on the boy’s feet and legs has become so sore that he cannot walk and is forced to use a motorized scooter to get around during a break-out.
1. Dana Bishop, 36, says her five-year-old son Morgan suffers such severe eczema he can barely walk and is in such pain he has begged to die.
Furthermore, the eczema prevents Morgan from sleeping, which means that he can only go to school for half a day at a time and cannot play with his friends. His mother says:
We’ve lost part of Morgan’s personality to the eczema.
We haven’t got lives. Winter is hell for his skin because of the central heating and cold weather, but we rarely go outside in the summer either as heat and pollen aggravate the eczema too.
There’s no respite for us. On his fifth birthday, Morgan told me he’d rather die than cope with the pain of eczema anymore — it was heartbreaking to hear.
2. The soles of Morgan’s feet become so sore that he cannot walk, and must use a motorized scooter to get around. He is pictured in hospital receiving treatment.
3. Dana Bishop says the family has tried every treatment available for his eczema, including a form of chemotherapy, but nothing has worked.
The skin on the soles of Morgan’s feet and behind his knees is cracked and sore so he can barely walk. His mother said:
He’ll come home from school and tell me that he tried to play with his friends, but had to sit out after just a few steps.
When it gets really bad, it almost looks like an acid burn.
His one-year-old brother Jenson is very understanding. He’ll see Morgan scratching and try to help by rubbing his cream in for him.it was heartbreaking to hear.
My husband and I have to take it in turns to take Jenson out as it’s not fair on him to be inside all the time, but we feel guilty not being able to include Morgan.
4. The mother has had to give up work to care for her son. She is pictured with her husband Paul, and their sons Morgan and Jenson.
5. Over the past eight months, they have had just four “good days” where Morgan’s skin has not flared up. Morgan is pictured receiving treatment in hospital.
Dana Bishop and her husband Paul, 43, are “constantly” applying cream to their son’s body, much more often than the four to six times recommended. They also swathe him in a wet wrap every night.
Yet, for all their efforts, over the past eight months the parents have seen just four “good days” when the boy’s skin has not flared up.
In addition to eczema, Morgan suffers asthma and life-threatening nephotic syndrome, which causes large amounts of protein to leak out of his kidneys.
Additionally, the boy has more than 20 allergies including to eggs, nuts, rice, dairy, potatoes and soya.
Doctors are now going through a process of elimination to figure out precisely what the five-year-old is allergic or intolerant to. However, at present there’s very little Morgan can safely eat.
6. “We’ve lost part of Morgan’s personality to the eczema”, Dana Bishop says and adds that the boy has rare moments of being happy and chatty, as the condition leaves him irritable and miserable.
7. Now, the Bishop family, pictured in Disney World, are fundraising to take Morgan to a hydrotherapy clinic in France for treatment.
Meanwhile, Dana Bishop has recently discovered a hydrotherapy clinic called the Avene Centre in France, which provides treatments in warm water and wraps.
The clinic claims to treat eczema and psoriasis and the mother believes it is their last chance to help their son.
Bishop has now launched a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed for a three-week course of treatment, which will consist of hydrotherapy with natural spring water and consultations with leading dermatologists.
Apart from fundraising, the parents are focusing on Morgan’s Mission — a Facebook page they have set up to help raise awareness of his condition.
8. “People don’t recognize skin conditions as debilitating. They hear eczema and just think it’s a bit of dry skin, but the reality can be much, much worse”, Dana Bishop said.
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