How a 2-year-old boy was SAVED by his daddy’s poo…
Darcey was always unsettled from day one, he contracted every bug going, even things like rotavirus and measles, which he’d been vaccinated against, shares mum Simone to That’s Life!.
His family eventually discovered that he had an immune deficiency, unknown to them at the time, was the fact that treating every infection with antibiotics meant a much worse problem was developing.
‘He has a nasty gut infection called Clostridium difficile, or C. diff,’ a specialist explained when Darcey was eight months old. Usually brought on by too much antibiotic use, it causes major abdominal pain and extreme diarrhoea. Darcey had diarrhoea 10 to 15 times a day and he always had tummy pain.
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Darcey’s immunologist got involved and offered him a lifeline. ‘I think a faecal microbial transplant could be a viable option,’ she suggested. Good flora from the faeces of a healthy person could be transplanted into Darcey’s gut to help rebalance it and fight the C. diff. It was pretty left field and had never been done on a child in Australia before, but after spending the night researching, mum, Simone, was sold. Dad, Ben and Simone were both tested to see if their faeces were a match for Darcey. Ben’s came back as positive. His poo was going to save their little boy!
In April 2014, Darcey was taken into surgery for the 40-minute procedure, which would place some of Ben’s faeces into his small intestine. The treatment was so experimental, nobody could predict if it would even work. But a few hours after the op, Darcey still hadn’t had any diarrhoea.
‘This is odd,’ I said to Ben, used to changing three or four nappies in that time. Twelve hours later, and for the first time in his life, Darcey told me he needed to do a poo. Even better, he did his first ever normal one! ‘It’s a crazy thing to be so excited about,’ I laughed. And from there he went from strength to strength. Even the doctors were amazed at the instant and complete recovery. The diarrhoea was gone and his stomach pain disappeared completely, said Simone.
Over the coming months there was an even more incredible side effect. ‘He can eat dairy,’ I told Ben excitedly. In fact, all of Darcey’s allergies and intolerances were suddenly gone. ‘We don’t know how this has worked,’ the doctors said, amazed. It was an unexpected byproduct of Darcey’s treatment, but we certainly weren’t complaining. Ben’s poo had transformed Darcey from a sick little boy into a normal, healthy toddler.
Now six, Darcey has just started school. He still has an immune deficiency, but it’s much better than it was. Thankfully his sister, Pippa, now two, was born without any of the same complications. I still can’t believe what cured Darcey. Who knew poo could save a life!
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