Katie Price EXCLUSIVE: Model feared the worst after son Harvey’s health scare… and has vowed to reduce his weight despite her ‘constant battle’ against his ‘insatiable appetite’
Katie Price‘s son Harvey suffered a health scare on Monday, and MailOnline can reveal that the model ‘feared the worst’.
The 18-year-old was rushed to hospital during his sister Princess’s 13th birthday on Monday at Katie’s Surrey mansion.
Harvey – who suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, septo-optic dysplasia, has autism, an underactive thyroid and diabetes – had contracted ‘a common bug’, but left his mother ‘deeply concerned’.
A trying time: Katie Price ‘s son Harvey suffered a health scare on Monday, and MailOnline can reveal that the model ‘feared the worst’
A representative for Katie, 42, told MailOnline following Harvey’s discharge from hospital on Tuesday: ‘He has complex medical requirements that require close monitoring and from time to time an alert flags up.
‘Katie was deeply concerned. Harvey had a temperature and presented chest pains – thankfully on this occasion his symptoms are that of picking up a common bug.
‘But Katie did fear the worst – yesterday was a highly emotional day with Princess’s birthday and then the sudden decline of Harvey’s health.’
The insider went on to explain that former glamour model Katie will be enforcing lifestyle changes for her son, going forward.
Health scare: The 18-year-old was rushed to hospital during his sister Princess’s 13th birthday on Monday at Katie’s Surrey mansion
Worried: Harvey – who suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, septo-optic dysplasia, has autism, an underactive thyroid and diabetes – had contracted ‘a common bug’, but left his mother ‘deeply concerned’
‘Katie is about to embark on a new regime with Harvey in a hope that she can reduce his weight,’ they explained. ‘Harvey’s meds leave him with an insatiable appetite – Katie is constantly battling! But now, with the help of a specialist, Katie hopes to be able to help maintain Harvey’s weight for the immediate future.
The current global health crisis has also left Katie terrified over the past months about both her son and her mother Amy, who has cancer,
‘Katie has been living in fear that COVID-19 could strike both Harvey and indeed her own mother at any time,’ the insider went on. ‘Both have to maintain precautions despite the government lifting lockdown regulations.
‘Lockdown has been a challenge – Harvey hasn’t been able to go out freely. And so going out is a military precision operation.’
Troubling: The insider went on to explain that former glamour model Katie will be enforcing lifestyle changes for her son, going forward
The source did reveal that Harvey will make a full recovery after Monday’s scare, also noting that ‘Katie will be sharing her highs and lows in a BBC documentary, that will be aired later this year’.
Following Harvey’s hospital discharge, Katie’s spokesperson told MailOnline that she was ‘delighted to have Harvey home’.
‘Harvey was upset to leave Princess on her birthday, returning home last night to lots of hugs and cuddles. Harvey will be making a full recovery,’ they confirmed. ‘There’s never a dull moment in the Pricey household.’
Katie had wasted no time in calling an ambulance for Harvey as a precautionary measure when he first showed signs of being unwell.
Family: Harvey fell ill at Princess’s birthday party on Monday
Her rep told The Sun on Monday: ‘Harvey has been taken to a local hospital for tests – he wasn’t feeling well yesterday and has today presented symptoms that require urgent medical attention.
‘Katie recognised the signs and knew when to call an ambulance. He’s expected to be discharged later today.’
The latest comes after Katie’s ex-husband Peter Andre’s doctor wife Emily, 30 – who lives with Princess and her brother Junior, 15 – revealed she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after contracting the disease in March.
But this is not linked to Harvey falling ill.
During lockdown, Katie has been isolating with her children at a £4,250-per-month mansion close to Peter, 49, with whom she shares the two children.
Home: Following Harvey’s hospital discharge, Katie’s spokesperson told MailOnline that she was ‘delighted to have Harvey home’
Junior and Princess have been dividing their time between their mother Katie’s home and Peter, who has been locked down with Emily and their children Amelia, six, and Theo, three.
Katie also shares son Jett, six, and daughter Bunny, five, with estranged husband Kieran Hayler, 33, and they have been sharing custody in lockdown.
Speaking to OK! magazine, Emily said she had suspected she had caught the disease back in March and had protected her family by quarantining herself away, and has now tested positive for antibodies.’
She said: ‘We don’t know how long immunity lasts or if you can catch the virus again. It’s easy to be blase as a healthy 30-year-old, but I was lucky I didn’t get more unwell with it.’