The parents of a little girl in Kansas are having problems getting their daughter to eat. It’s not that she’s picky or refuses the food they offer her. Instead, she has a very rare disorder that makes it so her body aggressively attacks itself any time she eats any kind of food, with one exception.
Maehlee Her is 13 months old and has eosinophilic esophagitis, which is a rare condition causes her to get horrible diarrhea and vomiting every time she eats normal food. The only thing she can currently stomach is squash. The rare disorder makes her white blood cells attack her body every time she swallows food.
Mother Marci Flory and father Kao Her tell the Topeka Capital-Journal that they were lucky to find that one thing their daughter could eat.
For the first several months of her life, Maehlee lived in nonstop misery as her body attacked itself every time she swallowed any food.
‘She didn’t sleep, and she started refusing to eat,’ Ms Flory told the newspaper.
At one point, she hadn’t eaten anything for 15 hours straight.
Even a single morsel could set her body against her. On recent afternoon, Maehlee found a doughnut crumb at her grandmother’s house and put it in her mouth.
Vomiting and screaming for hours followed almost immediately.
Topeka doctors told Mr Flory and Mr Her that Maehlee simply had a colic or bad acid reflux.