One patient’s ordeal
Tylor Savage made headlines in 2007 as “the boy who is allergic to almost every food”. Tylor, who was 12, became unwell when he ate food containing wheat, eggs, gluten, dairy, lactose or soya. He could only eat chicken, potatoes, carrots, grapes and apples. He was sent to Great Ormond Streetwhere specialists diagnosed eosinophilic enteropathy, in which white blood cells accumulate in the gut causing inflammation. He began taking two powerful drugs and was given a liquid feed through a tube into his stomach.
But, despite years of treatment, his condition did not improve. Eventually, aged 16, he stopped his therapy. By then, he had just started training to become a chef. “I tasted the food and nothing happened. I reintroduced plain foods and, by the second year, I was eating everything”, he said.
He is now a chef in Nottingham, has a girlfriend and baby girl (right) – and eats what he likes.