While the rest of the world is munching on their favorite snacks, this teenager can’t eat any food for two years because of his allergies.
Utah teenager Alex Visker, 19, managed to survive without eating any food, thanks to a feeding tube.
If Alex consumes even a small amount of food, he will experience fatigue, headache, nausea, and stomachache for many days. In worse cases, he can suffer from anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes low blood pressure, heart failure, and even death.
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Because of Alex’s condition, he has missed a total of 300 days for the past two years in high school. Aside from food, Alex is also allergic to paints, latex, car fumes, perfumes, and even a newly cut grass.
When Alex was still young, he was already experiencing food allergies along with other medical problems. Visiting various doctors became more frequent when the stomach pain, nausea, headache, and other maladies started to become more severe. Pinpointing the exact cause of Alex’s rare illness proved to be difficult because of the misdiagnoses.
Fortunately, Dr. Gerald Gleich found the root of Alex’s dilemma: the 19 year-old is allergic to the proteins present in food. Just placing food in his mouth or even smelling the odor of foods is enough to make Alex sick to his stomach.
In order for Alex to have sustenance without consuming any sort of food, he needs to have a feeding tube infused inside his stomach. Even with his liquid meals, Alex still craves for food.
Alex also takes cell stabilizer medication to help control his asthma and a few of his allergies. He takes the injection twice a month.
The cost of his medical maintenance can reach up to $7,000 every month, something his parents can’t easily afford. With the help of GoFundMe page that Alex’s parents created, the expenses became less of a burden.
Despite his troublesome medical condition, Alex still remains to have a positive outlook in life. He says, “I am grateful that I have what I have, and it’s a whole new perspective. My hope is that I can do computer programming, get a job from home, and one day start a family.”
Alex is still ongoing treatment and the medical expenses are still overwhelming for his family. You can help Alex and his family by donating through his GoFundMe page.
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