Feeding Jeremiah
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Jeremiah is 14 years old and was diagnosed with eosinophillic esophagitis, a rare gastrointestinal illness, in 2008. He was 9 when he was diagnosed. Prior to his diagnosis, he had been sick off and on for many years with nausea, vomiting and ... More ...

Jeremiah is 14 years old and was diagnosed with eosinophillic esophagitis, a rare gastrointestinal illness, in 2008. He was 9 when he was diagnosed. Prior to his diagnosis, he had been sick off and on for many years with nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. This illness is an allergy mediated illness. When Jeremiah eats, his body does not recognize the food as “food” but instead thinks of it as a parasite. The eosinophils (white blood cells in his body) then attack the food, thinking it is the enemy. This flood of eosinophils causes extreme, unrelenting and debilitating nausea, frequent vomiting and excruciating stomach pain. It also causes weakness in the immune system, leg pain, chronic fatigue and general lethargy. When he was first diagnosed in 2008, he was put on steroids and remained on these for 4 years. Eventually the steroids became ineffective and his family sought the help of one of the nation’s experts in this illness who is in Greenville, SC. He sent Jeremiah for allergy testing and this revealed he is allergic to about 50 foods which if consumed, really exacerbates his symptoms. Jeremiah then tried the “elimination diet,” eliminating all of the “trigger foods” from his diet. He had an endoscopy which revealed his illness was not getting better. He continued the elimination diet and the doctor discovered that he also has gastroparesis which means his stomach doesn’t empty effectively. Jeremiah was started on medicine for this but had little relief from his nausea. They re-scoped him and the results were worse than the previous tests, so his doctor recommended he go “elemental” which means that he had to drink a formula which provided all of his nutrition. This proved impossible to tolerate for Jeremiah's system and his doctor placed him on a feeding tube. Insurance in NC does not cover the cost for this treatment. His family has found a source to get the feeding tube formula for half price but it is still $800.00 a month. In addition to that expense, insurance will not cover his monthly endoscopies which will be $1,800 out of pocket. He will be on the feeding tube for approximately 6 months. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 to assist this precious family in a need that is overwhelming financially for them.

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