Katie Price has thanked fans for their support as she gave an update on ‘brave fighter’ Harvey’s condition.
The former glamour model, confirmed her boy, 18, is still in intensive care and insisted that he has not contracted COVID-19, adding that ‘his medical condition remains complex.’
It comes amid claims she is ‘furious’ at his absent father, former footballer Dwight Yorke, 48, for failing to reach out to them since the teen was rushed to hospital on Sunday.
Hey boy: Katie Price has thanked fans for their support as she gave an update on ‘brave fighter’ Harvey’s condition
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Katie shared a sweet snap of herself and Harvey posing for a picture at an event.
She wrote alongside the image: ‘Hey everyone thank you again for your messages means a lot to me .
‘I’ve left the hospital for the evening and can confirm Harvey is still in intensive care , despite claims, he has not got Covid like reported , his medical condition remains complex . I love him so much , he is so brave and fighter.’
Update: The former glamour model, confirmed her boy, 18, is still in intensive care and insisted that he has not contracted COVID-19, adding that ‘his medical condition remains complex’
The star had earlier posted a sweet baby snap of Harvey on Instagram while once thanking fans for their support as he remains in a critical, but stable condition in intensive care.
Katie wrote: ‘Hey, Thank you for all your messages, I can confirm Harvey still in intensive care, he is more comfortable.
Estranged: Katie is said to be ‘furious’ at Harvey’s absent father, former footballer Dwight Yorke, 48, for failing to reach out [Katie and Dwight pictured in 2001]
‘It’s hard as due to limited visiting hours and covid I can’t be by his bed side, but he is being brave and strong and [I am] able to face time him.
‘I’ve let him know he has so much love and support and thank you ❤️❤️[sic]’
Harvey remains stable in hospital after being rushed to the emergency room at the weekend, but Katie is said to be furious with his father, who has never been involved in the boy’s life.
Heartfelt: The mother-of-five had earlier posted a sweet baby snap of Harvey on Instagram
Touching: The star thanked fans for their support as Harvey remains in a critical, but stable condition in intensive care
According to The Sun, the former Manchester United player has not been in touch with Katie, despite Harvey’s much-publicised dash to the hospital.
He did, however, call into TalkRadio to speak about Manchester United’s performance against Southampton on Monday night, without any mention of his son.
The former footballer also spoke on Manchester United’s podcast on Tuesday.
Other commitments: The former footballer spoke to Manchester United’s podcast on Tuesday despite Harvey’s situation
A source said: ‘Katie’s furious – she can’t believe that Dwight didn’t even bother calling to check on his son. Harvey is fighting for his life and is suffering serious health issues and Dwight’s just ignoring the whole situation.
‘It’s not like he is busy or doesn’t know – it’s been front page news and he found the time to call into TalkSport. It’s very upsetting for Katie. She’s not happy.’
MailOnline has approached Dwight’s rep for comment on this.
Positive news: Harvey remains in hospital after being rushed to intensive care at the weekend
Katie and Dwight, 48, dated in 2001 but split before Katie gave birth to Harvey, born in May 2002.
It’s understood that he has not been involved in his child’s life at all, with Katie’s eventual husband, now ex, Peter Andre taking a fatherly role before he and Katie welcomed two further children, Junior and Princess, now 15 and 13 respectively.
Katie and Peter then split in 2009, having wed in 2005.
A spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that, ‘Harvey had a comfortable night,’ having been put through multiple assessments on Monday, including a standard COVID-19 test.
The update came after they explained how Harvey is being watched around-the-clock.
Hard time: Katie was comforted by a friend after visiting Harvey in Epsom Hospital in Surrey on Monday after he was rushed to intensive care on Sunday night
‘Katie is remaining calm that Harvey has undergone routine COVID-19 tests after his admission to hospital,’ the spokesperson said.
‘She has been bowled over by the love and support she has received. Harvey has had a string of tests including a routine check for corona which is standard for anyone who goes into hospital at the moment.
‘He’s had the test because it’s routine and not because they’re worried that’s what has caused him to go back into hospital and Katie remains calm.
‘She is not panicking and her focus is on Harvey and his recovery. Harvey is trending all over the world Katie is just now waiting on the doctors advice.’
The spokesperson had previously told MailOnline: ‘The next 48 hours are critical.
Brave boy: A rep confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that, ‘Harvey had a comfortable night,’ having been put through multiple assessments on Monday [pictured in April]
‘He has had chest pains and a temperature. An extremely high temp. It was 42. It spiked quickly and he’s had major problems breathing.
‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock.
‘Katie is doing her best – it’s horrible – having a child with so many complex conditions is so tough.’
On Sunday, it was reported that mother-of-five Katie was ‘fearing the worst’, due to Harvey’s numerous health complications meaning he was at risk of organ failure.
A rep said: ‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock’
Terror: The former glamour model took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’
The former glamour model later took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’ as doctors warned Harvey was in a ‘perilous condition’.
A source told The Sun: ‘Katie has been preparing herself for this moment all his life and she’s been told Harvey is in a perilous condition. She’s been here before, but this time it’s far more serious.
‘She’s trying to be tough and strong, but inside she’s falling apart and feels helpless. Doctors need to get his temperature down. He’s in a really bad way.’
Harvey is believed to be seeking medical attention at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, and his ‘devastated’ mother was not permitted to stay overnight due to new visiting restrictions amid the pandemic.
Challenging: Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, among other health complications [pictured last month]
The reality star wrote on Instagram alongside a sweet image of herself with Harvey: ‘I can confirm Harvey is in intensive care and in the best hands.
‘[I’d] would like to thank the ambulance services and the hospital staff for the quick response and making him stable . X.’ [sic]
Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially blind due to Septo-optic dysplasia, autistic, diabetic and has an underactive thyroid.
Katie called an ambulance for her eldest child when she noticed he was feeling unwell before he was sent to a specialist paediatric ward.
According to the NHS, a high temperature is usually considered to be 38 degrees or above.
WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?
Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.
Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.
The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.
Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.
Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.
It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi.
Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism, is a rare disorder of the adrenal gland in which it does not produce enough cortisol or aldosterone.
Last month, Harvey was seen being treated by paramedics at his mother’s rented Surrey mansion while sister Princess was celebrating her 13th birthday party.
He left his mother ‘deeply concerned’ when he had contracted ‘a common bug’, and was discharged from hospital a few days after his admission.
A representative for Katie told MailOnline at the time: ‘He has complex medical requirements that require close monitoring and from time to time an alert flags up.
‘Katie was deeply concerned. Harvey had a temperature and presented chest pains – thankfully on this occasion his symptoms are that of picking up a common bug.
‘But Katie did fear the worst – yesterday was a highly emotional day with Princess’ birthday and then the sudden decline of Harvey’s health.’
Issues: Harvey’s scare is the second to affect the family, as last month Emily Andre, the doctor wife of Katie’s ex-husband Peter, tested positive for coronavirus antibodies [pictured in 2019]
The rep went on to explain that the reality star would be enforcing lifestyle changes for her son, going forward.
They said: ‘Katie is about to embark on a new regime with Harvey in a hope that she can reduce his weight.
‘Harvey’s meds leave him with an insatiable appetite – Katie is constantly battling! But now, with the help of a specialist, Katie hopes to be able to help maintain Harvey’s weight for the immediate future.’
The current global health crisis has also left the mother-of-five terrified over the past months about both her son and her mother Amy, who has cancer.
‘Katie has been living in fear that COVID-19 could strike both Harvey and indeed her own mother at any time,’ the insider went on.
‘Both have to maintain precautions despite the government lifting lockdown regulations.
‘Lockdown has been a challenge – Harvey hasn’t been able to go out freely. And so going out is a military precision operation.
WHAT CAUSES BODY TEMPERATURE TO SPIKE?
Fevers – when the body’s internal temperature stays above 37.8C (100F) – are normally harmless and fade within days.
But if body temperature persists above 42C (108F) it can cause lasting brain damage, paediatricians warn.
However, it’s ‘very rare for the body temperature to climb this high’, according to medics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Fevers are most commonly caused by coughs and colds but can also be triggered by kidney infections, tonsillitis and heat stroke.
Body temperature regulation is ‘a challenge’ for Prader-Willi syndrome sufferers, such as Harvey Price, one charity says.
The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) says patients with the genetic condition ‘have difficulty maintaining the proper body’.
The condition – thought to affect one in every 15,000 children born in England – impacts the functioning of the hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus acts as the body’s thermostat and controls internal temperature, according to Harvard Medical School experts.
Raising the body’s internal temperature is the body’s nature defence mechanism against infections because pathogens struggle to survive in warmer areas.
Drinking plenty of water and taking paracetamol can help to fight a fever. But taking a cold bath or shower can have the opposite effect.
‘Harvey was upset to leave Princess on her birthday, returning home last night to lots of hugs and cuddles. Harvey will be making a full recovery. There’s never a dull moment in the Pricey household.’
His initial health scare was the second to affect the family in recent weeks, after NHS medic Emily Andre – the wife of Kate’s ex-husband Peter – revealed she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in her weekly column for OK! magazine.
Due to Harvey’s complex needs, he lives in residential care, but has been home with Katie during lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis.
The former I’m A Celebrity star made the heartbreaking decision to send him to a facility last year.
Harvey was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a condition that means the development of his optic nerve was unpredictable.
Katie also later discovered he is on the autistic spectrum, gains weight easily because he suffers from Prader–Willi syndrome, and finds mobility difficult.
Katie also shares fourth and fifth children Jett, six, and Bunny, five, with ex-stripper Kieran Hayler, 33.
Doting parent: The media personality is mother to Harvey, as well as siblings Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, six, and Bunny, five