Ballyclare PANDAS sufferer Cameron Lindsay and his mum Natasha are to appear on ITV’s This Morning today (October 19) with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to discuss the local lad’s distressing neurological condition.
The Newtownabbey Times has followed 13-year-old Cameron’s story from the start, as his family battled to come to terms with the disease and then sought treatment in the USA.
Cameron suffers from the neurological condition Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).
Since contracting the rare condition in April 2014, Cameron’s family say that they have watched their beloved son change completely while battling the disease.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Natasha reportedly said that it “really felt like the devil had taken possession of my child.”
Natasha previously told The Times that before he was struck by PANDAS, Cameron was a straight-A student who was confident, easy-going and articulate.
The former Kilbride Central Primary School pupil was the captain of the school cricket team, played cricket for Templepatrick and was selected for the Cricket Ireland Youth Academy.
He was also the star striker in the school football team, played golf at Larne Golf Club, was a member of the Scouts and had even undertaken modelling assignments for children’s clothing.
However, his mother says that Cameron has been left “unrecognisable” by PANDAS.
“His movements, vocal, motor and emotional areas are affected,” she revealed. “His personality has been affected, he has suffered problems including age regression, tics, OCD, a severe compulsion to touch hot surfaces, anxiety over daily tasks, emotional crises, irritability and aggression, Choreiform Movements similar to cerebral palsy, severe pain in his head, sensory distress, sleep problems and hallucinations. “It’s like an earthquake, a sudden, violent attack without warning.