Dad's Heartbreaking Plea Results in Lifetime Supply of Sippy Cups for Son with Autism
The manufacturer of Tommee Tippee cups has made a limited run of a model for a 14-year-old English boy with Autism who refuses to drink from anything else.
Ben Carter really loves his Tommee Tippee cup. The 14-year-old of Devon, England, has autism and has exclusively drank from the cup since he was a toddler, to the point where he’s been hospitalized for dehydration for refusing to drink from anything else.
This posed a problem for Ben’s dad Marc when he found out the cup had been discontinued.
“He would rather die,” Carter told PEOPLE in November. “They put him on a drip in the hospital, but when he woke up he would just rip it out of his arm. I’ve seen him do it before. He just won’t do it because he doesn’t care enough. It is a bodily function to Ben — it is not a pleasure. It is purely a function.”
Carter received multiple offers from people around the world who said they had similar cups.
But he got a considerably better offer last week, when the cup’s manufacturer revealed they’d sent staff in the U.S., Australia, France and Hong Kong on a search for the cup’s original mold design.
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“Our factory team discovered that the tools to make the original cups were still stored away and, crucially, they were in a usable condition,” the company wrote in a statement on its website.
“We are delighted to confirm that we are able to start production on a run of the original cup, ensuring that Ben has a lifetime supply and that his family won’t ever have to worry about finding another cup,” they wrote.
So the Carters are now the proud recipients of 500 more Tommee Tippee cups. “You’ve been incredible,” Carter said in a grateful video message to the corporation and everyone who reached out.
“It’s amazing that so many people have replied — really sweet,” Carter told PEOPLE in November. “Everyone has been a bit down recently because of what’s going on in the world, so it’s just nice to know there so many kind people out there.