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Ended Dec 26, 2014

David Househam is a typical 7 year old boy, however, he has a muscle wasting disease called Muscular Dystrophy. David is special though, he has Duchenne muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide. It is 100% fatal. DMD is a progressive weakening defect of all the muscles in the body, including the heart, and primarily occurs in boys. There is no cure, no treatment, and no survivors. Approx. 1 in every 2,400 boys worldwide is born with DMD; they die, on average, will usually only live into their 20s or 30s.David also has muscle defectiveness in both eyes, this means that he will need an operation where the anaesthetic could kill him. In September of 2014, he was diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). This means that he will need to be in hospital for 3 days every 4 months to have a course of 4 hours on an IV drip. 4 hours on the drip and 4 hours off then repeat. Only one parent will be able to stay with him, his mother, where as his father will have to stay in a B&B. A room will cost about £25 per night if not more. 

David will need a stairlift soon along with a hoist and a wheelchair. He will be dependant on a wheelchair everywhere he go as his legs and arms will weaken. His parents will have to feed him, bath him, clothe him and other every day tasks. He will be in a wheel chair by age 10.There are typically four phases of the disease;

The early phase (diagnosis to age 7):
Duchenne is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and seven. Children are delayed in walking and running and can’t keep up with their peers.

The transitional phase (ages 6 to 9):
Walking becomes harder – and children lose the ability to climb stairs.

Loss of Ambulation (ages 10 to 14):
At this time, children with Duchenne will lose the ability to walk and will be in a power chair full time. They will quite quickly lose the use of their arms and the muscles in their upper body.Adult phase (15+):
It’s from this time that the disease affects breathing and the heart. Young people with Duchenne will need respirators to breathe.

I hope to raise at least £1,000 for his stair lift and possibly other medical equipment he will need to make his life better.

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