Katie Price reveals she’s putting son Harvey into full-time care

TV personality says 18-year-old son will live in residential care home until he turns 25

Olivia Petter
Friday 15 January 2021 13:42
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Katie Price is putting her son Harvey into care

Katie Price has said that she is putting her son, Harvey, 18, into full-time care.

Harvey, who was born on 27 May 2002, has partial blindness, autism and Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that can cause physical issues and behavioural difficulties.

Now, speaking to The Sun, Price has explained that she believes giving him full-time care will be the best thing for him.

“It's so upsetting to think I won't see him every day but this is the best thing for Harvey and we have to think positively because I don't want him to think I'm just getting rid of him,” she said.

Price explained that she spent six months looking at residential colleges for Harvey, where he will be educated and cared for according to his needs.

Read more: What is Prader-Willi syndrome? 

“What they can offer Harvey that I can't, is daily exercise, a food plan, he can't go into the cupboards and eat,” she said. “He'll socialise with his friends, it's more freedom for him.”

Price explained that Harvey would most likely live in the residential college until he turns 25.

“I need to learn to let go but it's tough - anyone in my position knows how hard it is,” she added. 

“We have an incredible bond. I don't know how Harvey will react or how he'll feel when I can't get to him. It's too painful to think about.”

The former reality TV star’s comments come ahead of her new BBC documentary, Katie Price: Harvey and Me, which airs on BBC One on Monday 25 January and offers an insight into how Price cares for her son.

“I wanted to share what really goes on behind closed doors,” she said of the programme.

“Harvey isn't a thing to poke fun at, he's my son, he overcomes mountains and obstacles every day that other people take for granted. Being a single parent of a disabled child is a badge of honour for me.”

 

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