Boy couldn’t talk until he was five

Echo: Boy couldn’t talk until he was five Boy couldn’t talk until he was five

A BOY who was unable to talk for the first years of his life is raising awareness about the treatment that helped him say his first words.

Jack Neighbour, from Rayleigh, was diagnosed with neonatal diabetes at 6 months.

This meant the 14-year-old, who attends Cedar Hall School in Thundersley, could not speak and was only able to communicate with his family with picture cards for the first five years of his life.

However, just six weeks after a genetic test by researchers at the University of Exeter, Jack was able to switch his treatment from insulin injections to tablets, and he spoke his first words in a matter of weeks.

Family life was soon transformed from a “living nightmare”

to a home filled with laughter as Jack’s diabetes became easier to control.

Now, mum Emma Matthews wants to tell her story so families in similar situations will have hope.

She said: “About a month after switching the treatment, I went to pick him up from school.

“He came to me with this big smile on his face and said ‘hello mummy’. This is the first thing he even said to me. It was the best day of my life.”

Mrs Matthews came across the treatment after a relative read an article about a boy who was diagnosed by medics at the University of Exeter.

She contacted the research team, who diagnosed Jack and switched his treatment.

The mother-of-two is now hoping her son’s story will help benefit other families in similar situations.

She said: “Not many people know about this treatment, not even my own doctor knewabout it. But it changed our lives forever, and I’m hoping to raise awareness about it.

“The more people know about it, the better.”

Neonatal diabetes is diagnosed in the first six months of a baby’s life and is associated with complications such as severe learning difficulties.

It is caused by a change in a gene which affects insulin which means that levels of blood glucose in the body rise dangerously high.

However, the change in medication significantly improved Jack’s blood sugar levels.

Professor Sian Ellard from the University added: “It’s always extremely gratifying and humbling to see firsthand that research by the team at the University of Exeter Medical School is yielding real benefits to families.

“In many cases, their diagnosis and the switch from insulin injections to tablets have improved blood sugar levels and allow them to eat normaly.”

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10:11am Tue 29 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Wish the wife, would get it..
Wish the wife, would get it.. sesibollox
  • Score: -7

5:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -8

6:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
was that really necessary?

Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself.

This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending.

Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change?

It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons.

The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.[/p][/quote]was that really necessary? Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself. This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending. Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change? It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons. The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
was that really necessary?

Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself.

This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending.

Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change?

It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons.

The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.
Well you know, It just had to be said. Then again, I think some of your comments are offensive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that was exactly my opinion. Wouldn't change it for the world!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.[/p][/quote]was that really necessary? Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself. This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending. Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change? It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons. The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.[/p][/quote]Well you know, It just had to be said. Then again, I think some of your comments are offensive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that was exactly my opinion. Wouldn't change it for the world! Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -5

8:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
was that really necessary?

Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself.

This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending.

Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change?

It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons.

The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.
And you said the young boy may be reading this. Well, if he can't talk then he certainly can't read.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.[/p][/quote]was that really necessary? Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself. This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending. Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change? It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons. The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.[/p][/quote]And you said the young boy may be reading this. Well, if he can't talk then he certainly can't read. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -3

9:08pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
was that really necessary?

Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself.

This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending.

Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change?

It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons.

The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.
Well you know, It just had to be said. Then again, I think some of your comments are offensive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that was exactly my opinion. Wouldn't change it for the world!
My comments are truthful and rooted in FACT. And judging by some of the utter garbage I put up with on here I am justified in defending myself.,

However, you will notice, to decent people I am politeness personified.

You CANNOT justify your comments above by diverting attention onto mine. I don't make spiteful comments about people who feature in stories. Especially not innocent, decent people.

Politicians and idiots are another matter.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.[/p][/quote]was that really necessary? Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself. This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending. Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change? It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons. The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.[/p][/quote]Well you know, It just had to be said. Then again, I think some of your comments are offensive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that was exactly my opinion. Wouldn't change it for the world![/p][/quote]My comments are truthful and rooted in FACT. And judging by some of the utter garbage I put up with on here I am justified in defending myself., However, you will notice, to decent people I am politeness personified. You CANNOT justify your comments above by diverting attention onto mine. I don't make spiteful comments about people who feature in stories. Especially not innocent, decent people. Politicians and idiots are another matter. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.
was that really necessary?

Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself.

This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending.

Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change?

It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons.

The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.
And you said the young boy may be reading this. Well, if he can't talk then he certainly can't read.
And how do you work that out Brain of Britain? How do you know what he can do? And it clearly says he can talk now. That's the whole object of the story or aren't you capable of assimilating simple FACTS?

And your comment is not an opinion. It's just an insult for insult's sake. It does not relate to the story in any way..

I have just seen another of your comments on another story, actually applauding the theft of equipment from a school for autistic children.

You have a real downer on anyone who has any kind of problem or disability don't you?
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Poor kid. No wonder why he has diabetes. Look at the size of his mum.[/p][/quote]was that really necessary? Have you thought that this boy may well read this and have to read you slagging off his mother? Or she may well be reading it herself. This lady's size is a total irrelevance in this story. It's essentially an account of somebody overcoming adversity and it makes a nice change to read of a happy ending. Why are you people so spite-filled? This is a decent family who have stuck together to win through a difficult situation, so can't you have something encouraging to say for a change? It wouldn't hurt, just for once, to be able to come on here and read uplifting and positive things being said about decent people instead of the usual praising up of ne'er do wells and yobs that we get here from certain morons. The spite here is usually reserved for decent ordinary people.[/p][/quote]And you said the young boy may be reading this. Well, if he can't talk then he certainly can't read.[/p][/quote]And how do you work that out Brain of Britain? How do you know what he can do? And it clearly says he can talk now. That's the whole object of the story or aren't you capable of assimilating simple FACTS? And your comment is not an opinion. It's just an insult for insult's sake. It does not relate to the story in any way.. I have just seen another of your comments on another story, actually applauding the theft of equipment from a school for autistic children. You have a real downer on anyone who has any kind of problem or disability don't you? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

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