The 13-year-old disabled student receives thousands of birthday messages from around the world after saying to his mother, "I've had enough of life."
- Rhys Williams has the painful and life-limiting epidermolysis bullosa disease
- His mother Tanya appealed to show her son how much he is loved
- At home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, he received almost 3,000 messages
A disabled student has received thousands of birthday messages from around the world after saying to his mother, "I have had enough of life."
Rhys Williams, who turns 14 later this month, is being cared for by his mother Tanya at her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
He has epidermolysis bullosa, which causes painful skin blisters and wounds and even causes his fingers to fuse.
A disabled student has received thousands of birthday cards and packages from around the world after saying to his mother, "I've had enough of life."
Having had the condition since birth, Tanya had feared that he would not reach his teenage years.
But Rhys is now tied to a wheelchair after the skin on his knees fused and he couldn't stretch his legs.
He needs to be gavaged because eating solids can cause his esophagus to blister and his dressings need to be changed every three days to stop fatal infections.
The teenager had told his mother that he wished a butterfly would come and take him away, and Tanya feared that he was so fed up with pain that he would give up life.
She really wanted to show him that he was struggling.
Rhys Williams, who turns 14 later this month, is suffering from epidermolysis bullosa, which causes painful skin blisters, wounds, and even a fusion of his fingers
After the appeal, Rhys was flooded with cards and wished the teenager long before his 14th birthday
So she appealed to people to send birthday wishes to her teenage son, and she said the response was phenomenal.
Within a few days, Rhys received 3,000 cards and packages from around the world, as well as hundreds of online messages.
His mother says that thanks to the kindness of thousands of people, her son has a smile on his face again before his birthday on September 21.
The 13-year-old is "in his element" and opens the cards. He took the time to read each one.
His mother Tanya appealed and asked people to send birthday cards to her teenage son to show him how much he was loved
What is epidermolysis bullosa?
Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic disorder due to the skin not producing enough collagen.
It affects one in 17,000 children in the UK.
There is no cure for the disease, but treatments aim to relieve the symptoms.
Most treatments are done at home, including blistering with a sterile needle and covering with protective bandages.
The main symptoms of the painful and life-restricting condition are:
- Trauma or rubbing on the skin causes painful blisters, including on the hands and soles of the feet
- Blisters in the mouth and esophagus when eating solid food
- Thickened skin and nails
- Scarred skin, sometimes with small white spots called milia
His mother said, "It was just crazy. A mail van came with things for Rhys today, it was just crazy.
“I've received thousands of messages on Facebook, people who show up at the door.
"I don't know if I'm coming or going, but Rhys is in his element.
& # 39; He absolutely loves it.
"He opens every card and reads it, and his friend opens it too. He takes time for everyone, which is why it takes so long.
"He's just so overwhelmed with it."
Rhys & # 39; history has become international since Tanya first spoke to her. Some of the cards came from the other side of the world.
She has also been contacted by a number of organizations that want to do something nice for Rhys, including the Bolton Wanderers Football Club, who asked him to act as a mascot.
Tanya added: & # 39; It's gone worldwide. He was on TV in Chile. He received a map from Qatar today and is loading from America. It's just gone everywhere.
"I just want to thank you. That's all I can really say at the moment, I'm so overwhelmed with all of this. & # 39;
Rhys’s family made similar appeals before collecting Christmas cards from their neighbors to decorate the boy’s house.