A FIVE-year-old boy who had head-to-toe eczema has had his life transformed by treatment in France.
Wilf Ford, who lives on Berry Lane in Longridge, has “survived hell” said his mum Sarah.
Wilf was diagnosed with severe atopic eczema at five months old and before the treatment, needed fresh cream and bandages applied every hour and struggled with school, sleep and playing because of the discomfort.
But after fundraising from the local community, Wilf was able to visit Station Thermale Avene Hydrotherapy Centre in France for treatment.
Sarah, 28, says he now can’t wait to get to school and their lives have changed forever.
She said: “I never imagined it would bring such an amazing change.
“Everything has changed, Wilf has a whole new personality because the eczema had such a drain on him emotionally before.
“I feel like a new person too, I feel so alive and not like a zombie anymore. His skin is so much clearer, we’ve gone from applying cream every hour to only three or four times a day.”
The two of them got back from France at the end of October and despite the dramatic improvement, Wilf needs two more sets of treatments at the centre.
These treatments don’t come cheap, costing around £5,500 a time but Sarah has been amazed at how much people have offered to help.
She said: “Wilf will always have eczema although the people at the centre said it should be almost cured by the third trip but it’s just about getting the money.
“Everyone has been incredible with their fundraising. We’ve done some events but in other cases other people have just got on with it and I’ve had to do nothing which is just brilliant.
“At the moment we have about £12,000 so that’s enough for the second trip which we’ll make sometime this year and we’ll keep fundraising for the third trip.
“Life is just so different now. The amount of things we can do with Wilf, he’s so energetic and full of life.
“We went ice-skating the other day something we couldn’t have done before and he really enjoyed it. I don’t think people realise how debilitating Wilf’s eczema was. It drained him physically and emotionally. This treatment has been so good for him and after tow more trips to France I’m sure things will improve even more.”
Wilf will now head back to Barnacre Primary School in the new year and Sarah wants to set up a charity to help others with Wilf’s condition.
She said: “We’ve received so much help from so many different people that I’d like to be able to give something back. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us raise money or just given us support. We wouldn’t be where we are now without you all.”
To get updates on Wilf or to donate to his cause go to www.gofundme.com/wilfscampaign
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