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23-Month-Old Boy In Canada With Severe Food Allergy Can Only Eat Peaches

In another strange but true story from the annals of medical science, if a baby boy from Canada named Micah Gabriel Masson Lopez eats anything except peaches, he will suffer a life-threatening allergic reaction in his digestive system.

Little Micah was diagnosed with food-protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), a food allergy that can cause excessive vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, dehydration, and hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening condition resulting from losing 20 percent or more of your bodily fluids. The young boy also suffers from an immunodeficiency condition called DiGeorge syndrome and an unusual genetic condition referred to as 15Q13.3 micro-duplication

"The first solid food we trialed was banana. He proceeded to vomit four hours later, six times in a row and pass out, pale and almost blue," Micah's mom, Caroline Masson, explained in an interview with the media. "The first time I saw him go into shock from a reaction, I didn't even know how to help him."

Micah is now almost two years old, but the little boy’s only safe food so far is peaches. This doesn’t sound like too big a deal, but fresh peaches are a difficult-to-find fruit during many months of the year where he and his family live in Montreal, Canada.

Moreover, Micah can't eat frozen, canned, or dried peaches because almost all brands contain at least a few additives.

"We are buying peaches in bulk and are running out of funds to do so, as we also have to pay for his complex medical needs," Masson noted.

Keep in mind that Caroline been too busy caring for Micah and his two brothers, so she has not gone back to work yet. The Massons have even had to spend the money they set aside to buy the children holiday gifts to help defray all the expenses relating to Micah's medical needs. Note that Micah is notably underweight for his age, and is very close to requiring hospitalization and having to take in nutrition with a feeding tube.

"Life revolves around making sure he is the happiest little boy he can be - and for that, we need to be able to provide him peaches every day," Masson pointed out.

In one piece of potential good news, Micah’s doctors are testing him for sensitivities to rabbit broth, using just one half teaspoon per day. Although it’s just a tiny bit of broth, Masson says the doctors feel the experiment is "going well" so far.

Of note, Masson decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign to try to crowdsource at least $1,500 to buy more fresh peaches and cover expenses for trips by ambulance, visits to the doctor, lab testing, and so forth.

As of early Tuesday, over $9500 has been donated by generous people all across the globe to help with Micah’s medical expenses.

Caroline says she remains optimistic, as the large majority of children suffering from FPIES outgrow the syndrome around four years of age. That said, Micah suffers from other serious medical problems, which makes a full recovery from his food allergies less likely.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Oddity Central
Photo: Caroline Masson/GoFundMe, YouTube

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