A 23-month-old Montreal child with severe food allergies and DiGeorge syndrome can only eat organic peaches.
Micah Gabriel Masson Lopez was diagnosed with the syndrome of food-induced enterocolitis (SEIPA) at the age of six months, after fainting from throwing up a banana, the first solid food he has eaten, according to a report from Global News.
Four hours after eating a portion of the banana, he vomited six times in a row and fainted. “He was pale and almost blue,” said his mother Caroline Sarah Masson.
His allergies are so severe that Micah’s vomiting can cause hypovolemic shock, severe gastrointestinal pain, diarrhea, mucus, blood, reflux, and rash.
He can not eat frozen peaches, canned or dried, because they often contain additives. He can not eat non-organic peaches because pesticides or cross-contamination with corn, to which he is allergic, could be a problem.
“We are buying peaches in bulk and are running out of funds to do so, as we also have to pay for his complex medical needs,” Masson said, adding that she has not gone back to work so she can care for Micah and his two older brothers.
“Living in Quebec, let’s just say that fishing is very difficult to find out of season,” the mother told Global. She added that her toddler eats one peach a day.
The family has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1,500 to buy peaches and pay for his complex medical treatment.