Katie Price breaks silence with heartfelt baby throwback of son Harvey

Katie Price laments not being able to be by Harvey’s side in hospital as she posts sweet baby snap… amid claims she’s ‘furious’ at his absent dad Dwight Yorke for failing to make contact

  • Former glamour model Katie, 42, was said to be ‘falling apart’ after doctors warned Harvey is in a ‘perilous condition’
  • She is also reportedly ‘furious’ that Harvey’s footballer father has not called to see how he is, but managed to feature on TalkSport on Monday evening
  • Harvey has been tested for coronavirus – a routine procedure for anyone admitted to hospital amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
  • A representative confirmed the teenager, who turned 18 in May, is at risk of organ failure after his temperature reached 42 degrees over the weekend
  • Harvey is believed to be seeking medical attention at Epsom Hospital in Surrey
  • He has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, among other health complications including being partially blind Harvey is also autistic, has an underactive thyroid and diabetes

Katie Price has broken her silence amid her son Harvey’s critical condition in ICU.

Taking to Instagram she thanked fans for their support with a throwback of her son – now 18 – as a baby, as she cradled him in her arms.

She penned: ‘Hey, Thank you for all your messages, I can confirm Harvey still in intensive care, he is more comfortable.

Heartfelt: Katie Price has broken her silence amid her son Harvey’s critical condition in ICU, sharing an adorable photo of him as a baby

Touching: Taking to Instagram she thanked fans for their support with a throwback of her son – now 18 – as a baby

‘It’s hard as due to limited visiting hours and covid I can’t be by his bed side, but he is being brave and strong and [I am] able to face time him.

‘I’ve let him know he has so much love and support and thank you ❤️❤️[sic]’

Harvey remains stable in hospital after being rushed to the emergency room at the weekend, but Katie is said to be furious with his father, Dwight Yorke, who has never been involved in the boy’s life.

According to The Sun, the former Manchester United player has not been in touch with Katie, despite Harvey’s much-publicised dash to the hospital.

‘Fury’: Harvey remains stable in hospital, but Katie is said to be furious with his father, Dwight Yorke, who has never been involved in the boy’s life [Dwight is pictured in 2018]

Estranged: Katie shares Harvey with ex Dwight, who she split from by the time she gave birth [pictured in 2001]

He did, however, call into TalkRadio to speak about Manchester United’s performance against Southampton on Monday night, without any mention of his son.

A source said: ‘Katie’s furious – she can’t believe that Dwight didn’t even bother calling to check on his son. Harvey is fighting for his life and is suffering serious health issues and Dwight’s just ignoring the whole situation.

‘It’s not like he is busy or doesn’t know – it’s been front page news and he found the time to call into TalkSport. It’s very upsetting for Katie. She’s not happy.’

MailOnline has approached Dwight’s rep for comment on this. 

Positive news: Harvey remains in hospital after being rushed to ICU at the weekend

Katie and Dwight, 48, dated in 2001 but split before Katie gave birth to Harvey, born in May 2002.

It’s understood that he has not been involved in his child’s life at all, with Katie’s eventual husband, now ex, Peter Andre taking a fatherly role before he and Katie welcomed two further children, Junior and Princess, now 15 and 13 respectively.

Katie and Peter then split in 2009, having wed in 2005. 

A rep confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that, ‘Harvey had a comfortable night,’ having been put through multiple assessments on Monday, including a standard COVID-19 test. 

Hard time: Katie was comforted by a friend after visiting Harvey in hospital on Monday after he was rushed to intensive care on Sunday night

The update comes after the rep explained how Harvey is being watched around-the-clock. 

‘Katie is remaining calm that Harvey has undergone routine COVID-19 tests after his admission to hospital,’ the rep said. ‘She has been bowled over by the love and support she has received.

‘Harvey has had a string of tests including a routine check for corona which is standard for anyone who goes into hospital at the moment.

‘He’s had the test because it’s routine and not because they’re worried that’s what has caused him to go back into hospital and Katie remains calm.

‘She is not panicking and her focus is on Harvey and his recovery. Harvey is trending all over the world Katie is just now waiting on the doctors advice.’

The spokesperson had previously told MailOnline: ‘The next 48 hours are critical.

Brave boy: A rep confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that, ‘Harvey had a comfortable night,’ having been put through multiple assessments on Monday, including a standard COVID-19 test [pictured in April]

‘He has had chest pains and a temperature. An extremely high temp. It was 42. It spiked quickly and he’s had major problems breathing.

‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. 

‘He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock.

‘Katie is doing her best – it’s horrible – having a child with so many complex conditions is so tough.’

On Sunday, it was reported that mother-of-five Katie, 42, was ‘fearing the worst’, due to Harvey’s numerous health complications meaning he was at risk of organ failure. 

A rep said: ‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock’ 

Terror: The former glamour model, 42, later took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’

The former glamour model later took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’ as doctors warned Harvey was in a ‘perilous condition’.  

A source told The Sun: ‘Katie has been preparing herself for this moment all his life and she’s been told Harvey is in a perilous condition. She’s been here before, but this time it’s far more serious.

‘She’s trying to be tough and strong, but inside she’s falling apart and feels helpless. Doctors need to get his temperature down. He’s in a really bad way.’

Harvey is believed to be seeking medical attention at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, and his ‘devastated’ mother was not permitted to stay overnight due to new visiting restrictions amid the pandemic.

Challenging: Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, among other health complications [pictured last month]

The reality star wrote on Instagram alongside a sweet image of herself with Harvey: ‘I can confirm Harvey is in intensive care and in the best hands. 

‘[I’d] would like to thank the ambulance services and the hospital staff for the quick response and making him stable . X.’ [sic] 

Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially blind due to Septo-optic dysplasia, autistic, diabetic and has an underactive thyroid. 

Katie called an ambulance for her eldest child when she noticed he was feeling unwell before he was sent to a specialist paediatric ward.

According to the NHS, a high temperature is usually considered to be 38 degrees or above. 

WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.

Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.

The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.

Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.

It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi. 

Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism, is a rare disorder of the adrenal gland in which it does not produce enough cortisol or aldosterone.

Last month, Harvey was seen being treated by paramedics at his mother’s rented Surrey mansion while sister Princess was celebrating her 13th birthday party. 

He left his mother ‘deeply concerned’ when he had contracted ‘a common bug’, and was discharged from hospital a few days after his admission. 

Heartbreaking: Last month, Harvey was seen being treated by paramedics at his mum’s rented mansion while sister Princess was celebrating her 13th birthday [pictured with his siblings at the party]

A representative for Katie told MailOnline at the time: ‘He has complex medical requirements that require close monitoring and from time to time an alert flags up.

‘Katie was deeply concerned. Harvey had a temperature and presented chest pains – thankfully on this occasion his symptoms are that of picking up a common bug. 

‘But Katie did fear the worst – yesterday was a highly emotional day with Princess’ birthday and then the sudden decline of Harvey’s health.’

The rep went on to explain that the reality star would be enforcing lifestyle changes for her son, going forward.

Issues: Harvey’s initial health scare is the second to affect the family last month, as Katie’s ex-husband Peter Andre’s wife Emily recently revealed she tested positive for coronavirus [pictured in 2019]

They said: ‘Katie is about to embark on a new regime with Harvey in a hope that she can reduce his weight.

‘Harvey’s meds leave him with an insatiable appetite – Katie is constantly battling! But now, with the help of a specialist, Katie hopes to be able to help maintain Harvey’s weight for the immediate future.’

The current global health crisis has also left the mother-of-five terrified over the past months about both her son and her mother Amy, who has cancer.

‘Katie has been living in fear that COVID-19 could strike both Harvey and indeed her own mother at any time,’ the insider went on. ‘Both have to maintain precautions despite the government lifting lockdown regulations.

WHAT CAUSES BODY TEMPERATURE TO SPIKE? 

Fevers – when the body’s internal temperature stays above 37.8C (100F) – are normally harmless and fade within days.

But if body temperature persists above 42C (108F) it can cause lasting brain damage, paediatricians warn.

However, it’s ‘very rare for the body temperature to climb this high’, according to medics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Fevers are most commonly caused by coughs and colds but can also be triggered by kidney infections, tonsillitis and heat stroke.

Body temperature regulation is ‘a challenge’ for Prader-Willi syndrome sufferers, such as Harvey Price, one charity says.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) says patients with the genetic condition ‘have difficulty maintaining the proper body’.

The condition – thought to affect one in every 15,000 children born in England – impacts the functioning of the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus acts as the body’s thermostat and controls internal temperature, according to Harvard Medical School experts.

Raising the body’s internal temperature is the body’s nature defence mechanism against infections because pathogens struggle to survive in warmer areas.

Drinking plenty of water and taking paracetamol can help to fight a fever. But taking a cold bath or shower can have the opposite effect.

‘Lockdown has been a challenge – Harvey hasn’t been able to go out freely. And so going out is a military precision operation.

‘Harvey was upset to leave Princess on her birthday, returning home last night to lots of hugs and cuddles. 

‘Harvey will be making a full recovery. There’s never a dull moment in the Pricey household.’ 

His initial health scare was the second to affect the family in recent weeks, after NHS medic Emily Andre – the wife of Kate’s ex-husband Peter – revealed she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in her weekly column for OK! magazine. 

Due to Harvey’s complex needs, he lives in residential care, but has been home with Katie during lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis.  

Doting parent: The media personality is mother to Harvey, Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, six, and Bunny, five

The former I’m A Celebrity star made the heartbreaking decision to send him to a facility last year.

Harvey was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a condition that means the development of his optic nerve was unpredictable.

Katie also later discovered he is on the autistic spectrum, gains weight easily because he suffers from Prader–Willi syndrome, and finds mobility difficult.

Katie also shares fourth and fifth children Jett, six, and Bunny, five, with ex-stripper Kieran Hayler, 33.

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