A 16-year-old boy from Bushey has had a tough year after he was diagnosed with having ulcerative colitis in January.
However, since having a successful operation to remove his colon in June, Oliver Kaye is now a social media star and is inspiring many in a similar position to him.
Oliver, who was 15 when he started having symptoms, visited his GP, who then referred him to a gastro team who discovered that he had inflammation inside his body.
Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed. The colon is the large intestine, and the rectum is the end of the bowel where stools are stored.
He was given medication to treat the bowel disease, but his condition worsened, and he required emergency surgery.
He now has a stoma bag fitted, which is used to remove waste from the body after a section of the colon has been removed and the bowel can’t be joined back together.
But he doesn’t let that get him down, and has been posting his inspiring story to many, even naming his Facebook page as ‘TheKidWithABag’. More than 2,000 people follow and like his Facebook page.
His mother, Tracy, spoke to BusheyNews: “The response Oliver has had to what he’s been doing on social media has been a shock to us all. He’s quite a reserved boy who’s been through a lot, but now he’s just looking forward to enjoying a normal teenage life.
“After everything, he’s done so well in his GCSEs and has now moved on to Sixth Form. He loves his football and can’t wait to start playing like he used to.”
Oliver has also raised more than £1,000 for Crohn’s & Colitis UK, a charity that specialises in dealing with the causes and best treatments for Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.