BOY WITH DEMENTIA
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This is the 12 year old boy - who has senile dementia.
Ryan Buggins spent the first eight years of his life as a perfectly normal little boy.
But now forgets things that he’s done the previous day - and his family are facing a race against time to build as many memories for him whilst they still can.
Ryan was diagnosed at the age of eight with the incredibly rare Battens disease - a cruel death sentence that causes dementia.
It’s an incurable genetic disorder that eventually means sufferers lose their sight and ability to walk, swallow and pick things up. They aren’t expected to live far into their teens.
His mother Leanne, who lives in Ash, Dover, with husband Ross, said: ‘We had never even heard of Battens Disease before Ryan was diagnosed with it.