Holly Willoughby in tears over blind football fan, 10, who lost 96% of his skin

Holly Willoughby in tears over blind football fan, 10, who lost 96% of his skin

An inspirational football fan, 10, who lost his sight and 96% of his skin after suffering from a rare condition left both This Morning viewers and Holly Willoughby in tears today.

Declan Bitmead appeared on the ITV daytime show today alongside his mum to speak to Holly and Phil.

The Man United supporter was just seven when he suffered a bad reaction to Amoxicillin he was given for his tonsillitis.

"We thought he was just really tired from playing football and then he woke up the next day and he was covered in this rash," his mum revealed.

Initially, his parents rang 111 but they knew that something was very wrong.


"We hung up the phone and had a niggling feeling it was worse than that," she said and revealed that they had phoned for an ambulance.

Paramedics thought he had chicken pox but it wasn’t until later that he was finally diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome; a rare autoimmune disease that breaks down the skin.


Declan later started vomiting blood and he had to be airlifted to an ICU unit.

Afterwards he lost the sight in both of his eyes and was registered blind.

But, despite this, Declan’s love of football has not gone away.

He is set to appear on Davina McCall’s This Time Next Year as he learns to play blind football, which sees everyone puts blind folds on and has rattles inside of footballs.


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After the interview, Declan was gobsmacked as Phil revealed that they had arranged him to be a mascot during an FA Cup match.

Clearly touched, Holly began crying and Phil had to hand her tissues.

Dabbing at her eyes, she said: "I’m sorry, it was your face when we told you, it was so nice."

*This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV

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