Michael Owen ‘prays every night’ for son James’ rare disease to be cured

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Michael Owen told Good Morning Britain he “prays every night” for a cure for his son James Owen’s rare eye condition that has left him clinically blind.James was diagnosed with the incurable eye condition Stargardt disease, that causes vision loss, when he was eight years old.
Michael and James, now 17, discussed the regressive condition on GMB on Tuesday, with James admitting he didn’t know any different when asked about his sight.
According to the NHS, Stargardt disease is “a rare inherited condition affecting one in 8,000 to 10,000 people”.
The NHS’s website adds: “In Stargardt’s the light-sensitive layer of cells in the macular region of the eye degenerates.” This can cause blurred and wavy vision, as well as blind spots.
While the pair said James’ condition and his limited sight was “water off a duck’s back” for them and all that James knows, Michael did add to hosts Ed Balls and Susanna Reid that he “prayed” every night for a cure for his son.
On discovering James’ rare and incurable condition 10 years ago, Michael told the hosts: “I suppose as a parent, myself and my wife probably felt far worse than James, which sounds really bad.
“You want to take all the pain away from him, you feel sorry for him every time he goes to hospital and gets new drops that make his eyes sting and he’s crying all day.
But James was born that way, James doesn’t know any different.
I think it was quite hard for us when we found out that this was an incurable disease at the moment.
“We live in an age with stem cells [and] we go to bed every night praying something will be there to cure him, but at the moment, it’s a condition that regresses over time.
That’s obviously horrible, but I’ve never sung it off the rooftops.
We get on in life.
“James is 18 in a couple of weeks.
We have a fantastic life together. it brings us closer, I have to drive him everywhere and I’m absolutely delighted about that.
We take the positives out of it.
Of course you bring it to light in the public domain and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my word’, but it’s water off a duck’s back for us.
It’s news to the world but we’ve been living with it a long time.” Susanna asked James how his sight affected his dreams of being a footballer, with the teenager telling the presenters: “Everyone dreams of being a footballer when they’re younger, so it was quite hard, especially with it being so close to home.
It’s something you have to get over.
It was hard at the time and I did struggle with it for a long time.” On his famous dad, James said: “I think everyone wanted to be a footballer when they were younger, especially when you’re not bad at it.
But he would never pressure me into it.
He was definitely inspirational.
He’s very understanding.
“He is a great dad, he definitely helped me through a lot of the hard times and understanding why I am this way.
It’s been a massive help and it’s made me into the person I am today.
I am a lot happier now.
It doesn’t really affect me now.” Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1 and ITVX.* Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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