Jean-Christophe Novelli and his fiancée Michelle Kennedy have given an update on their son, Valentino, revealing that he is still non-verbal and has a similar genetic difference to Katie Price’s son Harvey.
Speaking to the panel about the challenges Valentino faces, Jean-Christophe revealed that the main issue is communication: ‘Yes, very much indeed. The thing is, we want to give him so much.’
Michelle added: ‘Yeah, I think that is a massive fear for anyone that is challenging something like this and their son or daughter can’t communicate.
‘Valentino just doesn’t seem to be able to understand linguistics at the moment. That’s a massive, debilitating worry for us.
‘Even though it’s in the future, it’s far away, you can’t help but get your head in a spin thinking of your child not being able to communicate forever. That is a real big fear.
‘You try and keep everything in the day. You try and take each struggle that you’re experiencing but when you’ve got that playing on the back of your mind it’s quite difficult.’
Katie Price’s son Harvey has a similar genetic difference to Valentino (Picture: Katie Price/Instagram)
The couple revealed that Valentino was born with a genetic deletion of a band known as 15Q, which can cause conditions like Prader-Willi syndrome, which Harvey Price has.
Michelle revealed: ‘Because he had cancer as a baby, they ran all sorts of tests on him and they found that he had a genetic deletion of band 15Q.
‘Along that band of genetics is Prader-Willi syndrome which I know Katie Price has raised so much awareness for. There’s also Down syndrome, all sorts of things which will affect a child.’
Jean-Christophe Novelli’s son Valentino was diagnosed with autism after going through multiple tests when he had cancer as a baby (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
Valentino was also given a 50 percent chance of having Down syndrome and still needs visits to hospital often.
Jean-Christophe explained: ‘We’ve been to the hospital three times this week and this is a place nobody wants to go, but I’ve got to say what the NHS does every single day is fantastic. You know they are on top of it.
‘It’s always difficult with a young child. But we are in control of how we feel and we know things are developing positively – his voice is quite enough and we’re grateful.’
Viewers of the show also commented on the fact that the Loose Women panel interrupted the interview to cut to a break, claiming ‘sound issues’ and technical difficulties on their part, but viewers believed it was due to the fact Valentino could be heard in the background making it harder to hear Jean-Christophe and Michelle.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.