Apology from ITV This Morning and Dr. Dawn Harper.
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On 18th January 2016 on the ITV show 'This Morning' there was a phone in regarding whether children should be excused from PE and whether parents should be writing them a sick note with Dr. Dawn Harper being present and answering questions. A lady called Sarah had phoned in and explained that her child has Hypermobility and comes home from school with aching and the weather affecting the child. Dr. Dawn went on to say that "Hypermobility is also known as double jointedness" This has gone on to upset a lot of people who suffer with Hypermobility/Hypermobility Syndrome and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome as to us, it is a lot more than being double jointed. Hypermobility Syndrome / Ehlers Danlos Syndrome- hypermobile type is an invisible illness ( a rare connective tissue disorder that affects the muscles, tissues, ligaments and can affect the organs) and often we can get told there is nothing wrong, only because not enough there is not enough knowledge, this isn't helped by professionals going on television and broadcasting to the nation that HMS/EDS is nothing to worry about. This condition is widely different amongst each sufferer and is in fact very complex. Pain varies from each individual and can be from any age, like in any illness, different forms of it from being hypermobile with ‘no’ symptoms to life threatening. This lady who called in clearly stated her son suffers with the aches and pains. If you could consider having a slot about HMS/EDS on the show to raise some obviously, much needed awareness! I know I, and others would like an apology from Dr. Dawn herself and from the ITV bosses for allowing such comments to be made. We would also like a section about Hypermobility / Hypermobility Syndromes and Ehlers Danlos Syndromes!!!
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