My Backpack Keeps Me Alive | BORN DIFFERENT

SUBSCRIBE to Truly: 24/7 LIFE SUPPORT is being used to give a young student with a paralysed stomach the opportunity to lead a somewhat normal life. Kelly Baker, of Arkansas, has Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) which has severely affected her digestive system to the point she is completely unable to eat or drink. The 17-year-old went on a feeding tube on her 13th birthday, and is now on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) alongside her feeding tube – a form of 24/7 life support which Kelly carries in her backpack. Kelly told Truly: “TPN is my only way to get nutrition and hydration. I'm pretty much a hundred percent dependent on everything that goes into my veins. It might just look like a normal backpack, but it's literally keeping me alive.” Follow Kelly here: Videographer: Bunee Tomlinson
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Charisse Van Horn is an artist, poet, and freelance writer.