When McCall Hydrick sits down to eat dinner; it looks like he's eating a pancake that other 5 year olds would eat too. But his pancakes and other meals are made with a special amino acid formula containing no allergens.
McCall is on a special diet that limits what he can eat because he has a rare esophageal disease called Eosinophilic esophagitis, which is also known as EE.
"Basically it is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus. So whenever the esophagus comes in contact with allergens, whether it's through the food or the environment, it inflames," said McCall's mother McKenna.
The disease is lifelong and it can be deadly; if McCall eats food his body doesn't allow, his windpipe closes and he can't breathe.
"We have so many stresses just watching our children suffer every day. Because the world revolves around food, you go anywhere and its Santa trying to give a kid a peppermint," McKenna Hydrick, said.
But instead of peppermints for the Hydrick children, it's a medical formula.
McCalls one and a half year old brother Sawyer also has EE and can only eat 4 foods.
Sawyer and McCall aren't able to eat enough calories; instead they get their nourishment by drinking shakes made with the non-allergenic formula.
Even though 7 month old Beckham is too young to be diagnosed with the disease; they believe he has it too because his body rejects all normal food.
"I'm cooking about four or five different meals, each meal, each day. So that's why our sink is piled up, we always have dishes," Hydrick, said.
From the constant cooking and cleaning, to the bills from frequent hospital visits and expensive medical formula, the Hydricks say they draw their strength from Jesus Christ.
"It's physically hard and emotionally difficult; but one thing that we do is renew our strength every single day in the Lord," said Hydrick.
The Hydricks say without help from their community and their church, TrueNorth they could not have made it this far.
They say people have dropped boxes of diapers off at their home and they have neighbors who have gone through training so they can baby sit their children.
Friday, May 24 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:22:50 GMT
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts. They say they voted against changing the membership standards because 85% of the 2,700 constituentsMore >>
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
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The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:07:55 GMT
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening. "It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," saidMore >>
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:53:59 GMT
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.The Aiken County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 7:30pm Thursday evening about a pedestrian beingMore >>
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:03:57 GMT
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defenseMore >>
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Thursday, May 23 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:10:07 GMT
The images we're seeing in Oklahoma having a heavy impact on viewers around the country and here in the CSRA. Lindsay Findley says she was heartbroken when she found out about it. "It's just so sad toMore >>
Thirty disaster relief volunteers and vehicles have been sent to Oklahoma; three of them from the Palmetto region. And at any moment, volunteers with the Aiken chapter could be deployed.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:34:56 GMT
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it. The parking limit downtown has beenMore >>
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it.More >>