Braintree: Man with rare genetic disorder tackles charity challenge (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree: Man with rare genetic disorder tackles charity challenge
3:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A disabled man with a rare genetic disorder that leaves him feeling constantly hungry is raising money to help the medics who saved his life.
No more than one in 15,000 children in England are born with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), but 42-year-old Richard Leathlean was one of them.
Although only 4ft 11” tall, he weighs about 16 and a half stone and his condition leaves him with a near constant desire to eat, driven by a permanent feeling of hunger.
In June, paramedics were rushed to his home in West Drive, Wethersfield, after Richard stopped breathing.
On Sunday, he rode his tricycle from his home village to neighbouring Finchingfield and back to raise money for Essex Air Ambulance to thank them for saving him.
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