When his little sister was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, George Laws vowed to use his super powers to save her.
But the six-year-old’s obsession with superheroes spiralled out of control – so parents Kelly and Simon called in the ‘Supernanny’ to tackle the situation.
The family, who live in Pudsey, Leeds, appeared on Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance in a bid to curb George’s addiction, which was sparked by his three-year-old sister Maddie being diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.
The condition, which only affects girls, means that although Maddie was a healthy one-year-old, her brain has taken a step backwards and she is now unable to walk, talk or feed herself.
After she was diagnosed last year, it became George’s mission to save Maddie’s brain – and he amassed a collection of superhero costumes ranging from Spider-Man and Batman to the Incredible Hulk and Buzz Lightyear.
It got to a stage where George was making up to 10 costume changes a day – and if he wasn’t allowed to wear his outfits, he would throw a tantrum.
So Jo Frost, also known as Supernanny, visited the family in a bid to resolve the situation – and her special tactics have worked wonders on George, a pupil at Pudsey Lowtown Primary School.
Mum Kelly, 34, said: “He wasn’t concentrating at school, he would say that he didn’t need to read because he was a superhero, he didn’t need to eat because he was a superhero. He was living in a fantasy world and genuinely thought he could save Maddie’s brain.
“Maddie being diagnosed was a massive shock for George but things have definitely improved since Jo’s visit.”
Among the tactics introduced by Jo Frost were a special clock, which broke the day down into sections where George was allowed to wear his costumes; and a “family routine”, which helped Kelly and Simon, 40, plan their day so they could spend more time with George.
Since finding out about Maddie’s diagnosis, Kelly and Simon – who runs flooring firm Laws 4 Floors – have become heavily involved with a charity called the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
British scientists are leading the way in the research field and it is possible that a cure will be found very soon.
Kelly added: “It’s heartbreaking because you worry during pregnancy, you worry during birth, you worry during the early days. But when your child gets to one, that worry should fade.
“Maddie’s diagnosis was a shock and our lives are ruled by her needs. But we are keeping positive and doing our best to raise funds and awareness in the hope a cure can be found.”
For more information about Rett Syndrome, visit: www.reverserett.org.uk