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Disorder causes boy's body to reject almost all food

17-month-old John Hemme laughs while playing in his home in Martinez. He has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
17-month-old John Hemme laughs while playing in his home in Martinez. He has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.
John hugs his mother, Margie Hemme. The only thing he eats is a hypoallergenic formula called EleCare. His parents hope "to find any safe food that will give him all the nutrients he needs."  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
John hugs his mother, Margie Hemme. The only thing he eats is a hypoallergenic formula called EleCare. His parents hope "to find any safe food that will give him all the nutrients he needs."
17-month-old John Hemme loves toy cars and plays with one on the coffee table in the living room in his home in Martinez. He has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
17-month-old John Hemme loves toy cars and plays with one on the coffee table in the living room in his home in Martinez. He has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.
17-month-old John Hemme (center) plays with a toy car at the Martinez home of his parents, Doug and Margie Hemme. John has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
17-month-old John Hemme (center) plays with a toy car at the Martinez home of his parents, Doug and Margie Hemme. John has eosinophilic esophagitis, where large numbers of immune cells normally triggered by foreign antigens like allergens line the esophagus, where they are not normally found.
17-month-old John Hemme picks through his toys in the living room of his home in Martinez. John has eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition that makes him unable to eat almost all foods.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
17-month-old John Hemme picks through his toys in the living room of his home in Martinez. John has eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition that makes him unable to eat almost all foods.
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