One pa­tient’s or­deal

The Observer - - News - De­nis Camp­bell

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.

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