A LITTLE boy who can only eat Quavers because of his severe autism has been saved from starving during the lockdown – by The Sun.
Ellis Holt, 10, has a bizarre medical condition meaning he refuses to consume anything other than the cheesy crisps and won't even accept knock-off brands.
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Mum Michelle panicked when lockdown hit as local supermarkets sold out and rules to stop hoarders meant after her original stockpiling she couldn’t get enough to feed him.
But after speaking with The Sun we managed to launch a rescue mission and supply Ellis with over 300 bags to see him through quarantine.
Pictures show Ellis beaming surrounded by piles of boxes of his favourite snack which will keep his 20 pack-a-day habit going for a month.
Michelle, 43, a school supervisor of Radcliffe, Gtr Manchester, said: “I can’t thank The Sun enough for this.
“I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do, I tried everywhere to get them but I couldn’t.
"He was going to starve but then The Sun saved the day.”
Ellis was born at seven months with fluid on the brain and after struggling to learn to walk and talk he was diagnosed with autism aged two.
The illness makes him particularly sensitive to touch meaning he would only chew mashed up Weetabix when he was a baby.
But at the age of three he could no longer stomach the cereal and Michelle found he would only tolerate Quavers because they melt on his tongue.
Ellis has no muscle in his jaws as he has never chewed meaning if he has anything other than his favourite crisps he will choke.
I tried everywhere to get them but I couldn’t. He was going to starve but then The Sun saved the day.
And his autism means he recognises the different package sizes of knock-off brands and refuses to eat them.
Ellis is due to have a feeding peg to let Michelle feed him a healthier diet as he weighs just 22kg from the lifelong habit – but the operation has been delayed due to lockdown.
Mum-of-two Michelle said: “Hopefully this emergency supply will get him through to when he has the operation. It’s been marked as urgent and we need it as soon as possible.”
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Ellis is surviving on baby milk with supplements to meet his daily nutritional requirements.
Michelle would have to go out every day to get a multi-pack if it wasn’t for the rescue package putting Ellis – who is highly vulnerable to the disease – at risk.
She has to look after Ellis, who is non-verbal, on her own as her long-term partner Leo Harper, 49, lives separately and cannot see her during quarantine.
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