Pregnant Katie Price talks disabled son Harvey: "I want the best for him"

Published Tuesday, Jul 8 2014, 15:43 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Pregnant Katie Price has opened up about the challenges of bringing up her disabled son Harvey, saying she would "not change it for anything".

Katie talked about life with 12-year-old son Harvey, who suffers from a range of disorders, during her FUBAR Radio show this morning (8 July).

Princess Tiaamii, Katie Price and Harvey at the Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium Event held at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
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Katie with son Harvey (2012).

"Having a child with disabilities is hard work and I would not change it for anything," said 36-year-old Katie. "Harvey has so much medication each day and if he doesn't, he'd die basically."

Harvey has a string of disabilities including blindness, autism, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome (a genetic disorder meaning he's likely to eat to excess).

Former glamour model Katie told listeners that Harvey - whose father is her former footballer Dwight Yorke - gets "easier" to look after the older he becomes.

"I have a nanny Monday to Friday for Harvey, but now he's getting older, it's getting easier," she said. "He's getting more vocal."

Katie, who is also mum to nine-year-old son Junior and six-year-old daughter Princess from her marriage to Peter Andre, as well as 10-month-old son Jett with current husband Kieran Hayler, said she sometimes feels "guilty" when Harvey goes away on school trips.

Katie Price leaves FUBAR radio with her daughter Princess after her weekly show
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Katie leaving FUBAR Radio this afternoon.

"Harvey can board at his school but I like him to come home," Katie explained. "He's going on a two-week school holiday soon and I feel so guilty, but he went camping last week and he absolutely loved it.

"Harvey's a 12-year-old going through puberty. A normal 12-year-old would be getting themselves bathed and washed. He goes to school an hour away from where he lives instead of a local school because I want the best for him."

Katie, who is expecting her fifth child - a girl - with Kieran, said her experience with Harvey has made her "appreciate" what other families have to go through.

"Being a full time mum is a hard job," Katie continued. "When I'm out and I see families with kids in wheelchairs, I can appreciate how hard it is to get them ready and get them in the car etc. It's not easy but you're never a failure. Always talk about it. There is help out there if you look for it."

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