Council steps in to stop child eating bedroom
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Health, Housing
A council has stepped in to stop a six-year-old from eating his bedroom.
Zach Tahir, who suffers from Pica Disorder, has been built a chew-proof bedroom by Salford City Council.
The youngster's rare condition has seen him chew through soil, carpet and the plaster of his former bedroom's walls.
But the council-built £26,000 extension means that mum Rachel can know relax knowing that life at their home at the Mead, Weaste is safe for Zach.
City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “We’ve had to use plasterboard normally found in squash courts so Zach can’t pick it from the walls and they have been painted so there’s no wallpaper for him to pull off.
“We’ve put blinds in between the window panes so he can’t chew those and added other safety features such as low surface temperature radiators. Mum Rachel paid for CCTV to be installed so she can keep an eye on Zach through the night.”
Pica disorder is characterized by an appetite for substances such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand.
Rachel, 32, who also has a two-year-old daughter Isabella, launched a fundraising campaign to help pay £10,000 towards the extension. It was backed by Coronation St, Emmerdale and other TV stars.
She said: "Zach loves it and is sleeping better than he has done for a while.
The work was finished in time for Zach's sixth birthday.
The council is investing an extra £200,000 in home adaptations this year, which will enable it to complete up to 40 more alterations for residents with disabilities across the city.