A 16-year-old with eczema, hospitalised during his childhood due to the skin condition, is creating a children’s book to support kids with such conditions.
Aadam Elahi, from Leytonstone, London, has had eczema since he was a one-year-old, and spent much of his childhood in hospital trying different creams to calm the dry skin condition.
During this time, Aadam has also undergone five operations on his eyes to remove potentially blinding ulcers also caused by eczema.
Throughout his childhood, Aadam was teased by other young people who used to refer to him as having “old man’s hands”, among other abusive nicknames.
However, while on holiday in Egypt, his use of bandages to stop him itching inspired him to write an Egyptian mummy-themed story, which deals with eczema, and offers support to other young people.
With the help of Fixers, Aadam has been paired up with illustrator Kate Harrison, who is a providing pictures to go with Aadam's story.
He explains: ‘This book is aimed at children, because that is when I felt most affected by the condition. Eczema can leave you feeling isolated and alone mentally, and the actual physical feeling that eczema leaves on your skin is painful.
‘I want to make children and young people aware they are not alone. Eczema can be a tough condition to live with, and young people need help with that, not ridicule.’