A boy who with a rare skin condition, who first appeared on This Morning with his parents as a baby, returned to the show today to reveal how he’s defied the odds to walk, play sports and become a high achiever at school.
Mason White, 10, from Bournemouth suffers from Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a rare disorder that causes extremely fragile skin that develops painful blisters under friction and trauma.
During his first appearance on the show when he was 20-months-old, Mason’s mum Kerry expressed her fears for her son’s future.
However, Eamonn delivered some good news on today’s episode when he introduced Mason as a young boy who has not only defied the odds to walk and play sports, but is also the top of his class at school.
Mason made his first appearance on This Morning at the age of 20 months when his parents spoke about Epidermolysis bullosa on the show
10 years on, Mason has defied the odds by walking and playing sports
As the host asked whether he was determined to not let EB stop him from doing what he wanted, Mason nodded before replying: ‘I do everything in PE really, and they try and adapt it for me.’
Sitting on the sofa with plasters covering his hands, Mason explained that the blisters covering his body are ‘sore’ and that his entire body from the neck down has to be covered up with plasters.
During the interview, Mason’s mum Kerry spoke about the impact EB has had on her son’s life.
‘As a parent you want to take the pain away from your child but you’re helpless because it’s there.
Mason’s mum Kerry spoke about Mason’s routine which includes spending hours applying plasters to protect his skin
This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes introduced 10 year old Mason White on the show ten years after his first appearance
WHAT IS EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA?
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a general term used to describe a group of rare, inherited disorders that cause the skin to become very fragile.
Any trauma or friction causes patients’ skin to blister.
It affects around one in every 50,000 people worldwide.
Around 40 per cent of sufferers do not survive the first year and most do not live beyond five years old.
The three main types of the disorder include:
EB simplex – where blistering occurs in the upper layer of skin. This affects 70 per cent of sufferersDystrophic EB – where blistering occurs in the upper layer beneath the skin’s surface, which affects 25 per cent of patientsJunctional EB – where blistering occurs in the lower layer of the inner skin, which is usually the most severe form of the condition