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Vann’s looking better after severe case of eczema

CLEAR EVIDENCE: These photos (above) of Vann Breingan show how rapidly he has improved since treatment began on April 6.
CLEAR EVIDENCE: These photos (above) of Vann Breingan show how rapidly he has improved since treatment began on April 6. Contributed

KATIE Breingan packed her bags and flew across the world in a desperate bid to help her son.

Her son Vann has suffered from severe eczema since he was four months old, with the toddler's skin constantly sore and itchy.

The Bulletin first met Vann in December when his Yeppoon parents Katie and Jason spoke of his ordeal.

"We've seen various doctors, pediatricians, dermatologists, naturopaths, and allergists and have been in and out of hospital," Katie said at the time.

"It's so tiring emotionally and financially, and I haven't slept since he was born."

But the Breingan family have new hope after travelling to France to have Vann treated at the Avene Hydrotherapy Centre.

The Breingans were able to get Vann the treatment in France thanks to the Central Queensland community's donations and with the help of an MMA Battlers event, giving proceeds from their ticket sales to the family.

Treatment for Vann will take him to France on three separate visits over three years, costing around $30,000.

Vann is now on the road to recovery after starting treatment at the centre on April 6.

His family has been posting updates on Vann's improving condition on Ban Eczema for Vann: raising awareness for allergies and eczema Facebook page.

Day 1: Vann's enjoyed all treatments. Very dry and inflamed after treatments, but calming with correct products.

Day 3: Vann's already responding to the treatments. His eczema is calming and not looking as angry.

Day 5: Really enjoyed it today and face is calming nicely. Not inflamed or as itchy.

Day 6: Nice clear skin can be seen. Chin totally healed. No inflammation. Infections behind ears totally gone.

Day 10: Still doing great. Wouldn't say it's been the easiest time, but seeing the results makes it all worth it.

Day 13: Face and body doing amazingly.

The toddler is now in his last week of treatment.

A high tea fundraiser is planned to be held for Vann on May 17 at St Ursula's College Hall

Yeppoon.

Avene Hydrotherapy Centre

Every year more than 2500 patients from around the world visit the centre

Skin conditions range, including dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema

Treatment takes about 21 days

Topics:  children, eczema, medical treatment



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