Harry P

20 April 2020

Story written April 2020

Harry is 11 years old and lives with Severe Brittle Asthma and Type 1 Diabetes. He was diagnosed with Brittle Asthma aged 4, a rare type of acute asthma which has no triggers and is very hard to control. He has had several admissions to hospital over the past 7 years, and his diagnosis was changed about 2-3 years ago from ‘Brittle Asthma’ to ‘Severe Brittle Asthma’ due to the severity of his attacks and that despite being on all the right medication, it is classed as uncontrolled. Then on the 10th September 2017 aged 8, Harry was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, with no family history, this came as a massive shock. Harry now has 2 life threatening conditions that he has to live with for the rest of his life. He has good days, bad days and horrific days but his strength amazes us.

Unfortunately on the 3rd January 2020, Harry had a severe asthma attack at home, and on route to the hospital via ambulance, he had a Respiratory Arrest. Luckily the ambulance crew, and all the doctors and nurses in resus were amazing and brought my boy back. We feel so lucky to have him, we know how close it was. Harry does struggle mentally with his health conditions, school is a huge challenge and his anxiety can be so severe that he won’t want to go out and will isolate himself in his bedroom. He has a huge passion for drawing, animation and is an amazing artist, creating cartoon strips and bringing characters from programs he watches, to life.

If you look at Harry, you would think he is a normal 11 year old boy, but the daily challenges that he has to face, and will do for the rest of his life, amazes me. His strength is incredible and he is truly my warrior.

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