Autistic boy's life transformed by transplant drug (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Mum gives back to hospital after son receives life-changing treatment at Whipps Cross
A drug used to treat organ transplant patients has transformed the life of a ten-year-old autistic boy who suffered from severe eczema.
David Mac’s body used to be completely covered in bandages to stop him scratching until he bled.
He would suffer sleepless nights and couldn’t verbally communicate because of his autism, leaving him to let out his frustration by banging his head on the floor and walls.
The Dermatology Department at Whipps Cross University Hospital tried a range of creams and steroids, but the problem persisted.
Doctors then decided to try Azathioprine, which is used to treat transplant patients in an attempt to stop their bodies rejecting a new organ.
It is only used to treat people with very severe skin conditions to try to prevent acute allergic reactions.
David’s mother, Thessa, says her son can now sleep through the night for the first time in nine years and has been given a new lease of life.
Mrs Mac, of Frinton Drive in Woodford Green, said: “He’s so much happier. He’s so lovely now and chatty and more sociable.
“I’m just so grateful.”
The 48-year-old is part of a group of parents of autistic children which organises music fundraisers.
She has organised an event on Saturday at St Mary’s Church in Church End, Walthamstow, featuring performances from Royal College of Music guitarist, Sam Brown and the Modality Youth Choir, to raise money for the Dermatology Department.
Mrs Mac said: “Now that he is so much better I am doing this to give back.
“It’s wonderful the support they gave to us, not just medical support but moral support.”
Tickets for the event between 2pm and 4pm cost £10 or £20 for a group of four. Call 0208 503 2665 for tickets and information.
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