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Katie Price declares being mum to Harvey ‘badge of honour’ as she opens up on parenting disabled child

Katie Price has shared her pride in son Harvey as the pair work together for a new documentary about their life.

The mum-of-five shared a picture smiling alongside eldest son Harvey, 18, ahead of the film, which follows her raising him as a single mum and the struggles the pair have faced with his disabilities.

Alongside the picture, she wrote on Instagram: ‘I wanted to share what really goes on behind closed doors.

‘Harvey isn’t a thing to poke fun at, he’s my son, he overcomes mountains and obstacles everyday that other people take for granted – being a single parent of a disabled child is a badge of honour for me!

‘I am so proud of him, he has feelings, and so do I.’

The documentary will track the pair as Harvey reaches his 18th birthday, and decisions Katie has to make in order to help him live a normal life.

Katie is incredibly proud of her son and everything they’ve achieved together (Picture: Instagram)

Harvey has rare genetic disorder Septo Optic Dysplasia, which has caused partial blindness, Prader-Willi syndrome, autism, learning and behavioural difficulties.

He also cannot control his weight, and a hormone imbalance leaves him constantly hungry, meaning he now weighs 28 stone.

Dwight Yorke, Harvey’s father, initially denied being his dad and Katie has therefore raised him by herself ever since.

Harvey’s brothers and sisters have been supporting him too (Picture: Instagram)

During his life in the spotlight, Harvey has become the cruel target of malicious trolls who have mocked his disability online, with his face appearing on t-shirts and merchandise.

Katie has become a crusader as a result, even calling for Harvey’s Law to be put in place – making it illegal to troll or abuse others online, and to have a registry of known trolls making it to the public.

Online abuse has since been made a crime.

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: ‘I would like to thank Katie Price for opening up in this important and very personal film. Katie’s life has played out in public, but one thing she has always kept private is the day to day realities of being mum to her son Harvey.

‘As he turns 18, Katie faces difficult decisions about his future and wants to help people understand the realities and challenges of bringing up a child with a disability, and to see what Harvey’s life is really like.

‘We hope this film will have a huge impact and help advance the conversation around disability in the UK.’

Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs Monday 25th January at 8.30pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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