Katie Price’s world was turned upside down in May 2002 when she gave birth to her first child, son Harvey.
Of course, motherhood is a life-changing experience for anyone. But it was especially difficult because Harvey was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
Harvey, second from left, attends the 2014 premiere for ‘The Lego Movie’ with his mother, brother Junior, 9, and sister Princess, 7. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The 36-year-old mom appeared on the British talk show, ‘This Morning’ with Harvey earlier today, March 13, and opened up about what it’s like to raise a child with disabilities.
“People say, ‘How do you cope?’ but I don’t know any different,” the mom-of-five said of her oldest kid. “He is hard work, he does play up for mummy sometimes, don’t you Harvey?” she teased, to which he replied, “Yeah, babe.”
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The 12-year-old is on the autism spectrum, has limited vision and can’t even walk far without assistance. Another consequence of his disorder is his insatiable appetite.
“He just wants to eat, eat, eat and if we’re not looking, he will steal food,” she explained. “He’s a big boy because of his thyroid and with Prader-Willi, everything is about food.”
Harvey with his mother and her ex-husband, Peter Andre, in 2004. Harvey’s father is former soccer player Dwight Yorke. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The proud mama raved about his progress, boasting that he can now read without Braille, play the piano and communicate in Makaton Sign Language.
The hosts asked what his favorite song to perform is, and Harvey happily told them, “‘Skyfall,’ [by] Adele!”