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Toddler faces threat of starvation amid UK shortage in specialist food supplies

Tuesday, August 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Latifa Yedroudj, Keane Duncan, Latifa Yedroudj

www.mirror.co.uk, 8/22/19

 

A toddler could face starvation due to a national shortage in the specialist food and water he needs to survive.

19-month-old Ellis Ryves relies on intravenous food known as TPN, which means he cannot eat or drink normally.

His parents are now living in "constant panic" ever since Cheshire-based supplier Calea declared a shortage in specialist food supplies.

The NHS called for a "national emergency" last week and Ellis, along with other patients, went days without feed after supplies were cut short, Teeside Live reports.

Ellis is one of 900 patients across the UK who rely on intravenous food.

His mother Danneka Hood, 27, said: "This is the lifeline that keeps him alive. If he didn't have that he would die.

 

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