Treatment search for boy allergic to insulin
Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital are seeking to find a treatment for a seven-year-old boy who has type 1 diabetes but is allergic to insulin.
Taylor Banks from Leigh, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was two-years-old. Unfortunately, doctors discovered the insulin allergy causes his body to deteriorate.
It is believed he is the only person in the country with this condition which, over time, causes various muscle from the sites of his injections to collapse or swollen.
He has moved from Manchester hospital to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for specialist care.
It’s heart-breaking to know that he’s going through it at such a young age on his own
Speaking to local radio station Wish FM, Taylor’s father Scott said: “It was heart-breaking, I won’t lie. Nothing prepares you for hearing that your two-year-old child only has a 50/50 chance of waking up the next day. Me and my partner, we were heartbroken. Nothing prepares you for something like that.
“The channels that we’ve gone down, and the people that we’ve spoken to all over the country show he is the only one in the country that has this condition. I don’t know how far afield that goes in terms of going abroad, but from what we know, he is definitely the only one in the country to have this sort of allergy to insulin.
“One day he could be like any other diabetic child, a good day. But another, day, he could end up in A&E. That’s just Taylor’s life, he’s so erratic. He could have a day of good numbers, but unfortunately for Taylor they are very rare.
“He’s going to Great Ormond Street, as Manchester have more or less exhausted all their channels. As far as I know, this is the last stop for Taylor. If it can’t be solved in London, then I don’t think there’s going to be a solution for him.”
Taylor’s family are now fundraising so they can take him on holiday to Disneyland.
Scott added: “Everything that comes with it, the things that he misses out on as a child, it’s heart-breaking to know that he’s going through it at such a young age on his own. But if you met Taylor, you’d know, he’s never not got a smile on his face.
“There’s nobody else like him. He’s now the self-proclaimed King of Diabetes! He just takes it like that, because he doesn’t know any different, he’s been like this ever since he was two years old. So for Taylor, this is just another day at the office.
“If you met him, you wouldn’t know how poorly he is. Because he’s like any other child you’d meet. He’s an inspiration, he really is.”