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Boys battling rare esophageal disease unable to eat normal food

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

When McCall Hydrick sits down to eat dinner; it looks like he's eating a pancake that other 5 year olds would eat too. But his pancakes and other meals are made with a special amino acid formula containing no allergens.

McCall is on a special diet that limits what he can eat because he has a rare esophageal disease called Eosinophilic esophagitis, which is also known as EE.

"Basically it is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus.  So whenever the esophagus comes in contact with allergens, whether it's through the food or the environment, it inflames," said McCall's mother McKenna.

The disease is lifelong and it can be deadly; if McCall eats food his body doesn't allow, his windpipe closes and he can't breathe.

"We have so many stresses just watching our children suffer every day. Because the world revolves around food, you go anywhere and its Santa trying to give a kid a peppermint," McKenna Hydrick, said.

But instead of peppermints for the Hydrick children, it's a medical formula.

McCalls one and a half year old brother Sawyer also has EE and can only eat 4 foods.

Sawyer and McCall aren't able to eat enough calories; instead they get their nourishment by drinking shakes made with the non-allergenic formula.

Even though 7 month old Beckham is too young to be diagnosed with the disease; they believe he has it too because his body rejects all normal food.

"I'm cooking about four or five different meals, each meal, each day. So that's why our sink is piled up, we always have dishes," Hydrick, said.

From the constant cooking and cleaning, to the bills from frequent hospital visits and expensive medical formula, the Hydricks say they draw their strength from Jesus Christ.

"It's physically hard and emotionally difficult; but one thing that we do is renew our strength every single day in the Lord," said Hydrick.

The Hydricks say without help from their community and their church, TrueNorth they could not have made it this far.

They say people have dropped boxes of diapers off at their home and they have neighbors who have gone through training so they can baby sit their children.

If you'd like to support the family with your prayers and finances, visit their web site: http://prayforthehydricks.com/

If you want to continue following their story, they have a blog on their web site where they write about their struggles and successes.

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