I-Team: Teen with rare condition gets new home - 8 News NOW

I-Team: Teen with rare condition gets new home

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LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas teen allergic to sunlight and unfiltered water is getting a new home thanks to help from the state and 8 News NOW viewers.

The teen, Acar're McCombs, and his family were facing eviction. Now, they are preparing to move into a home in Rhodes Ranch. The home will have fewer potentially deadly hazards for a teen that's allergic to nearly everything.

The 18-year-old has had systemic mastocytosis since birth. He is allergic to the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight and unfiltered water. Any kind of exposure inflames his skin and organs, causing intense pain, and the risk of death.

Because McCombs is now a young adult, there is a gap in state programs to help his family afford care. The family was faced with eviction from their current rental home until 8 News NOW aired their story.

Viewers and the state health and disability departments rounded up enough help to afford a new rental home. Before the McCombs family moves in next week, there's a lot of work that needs to be done to make the home suitable for McCombs. The carpet will need to be removed and the wall repainted to avoid dust and other allergens. 


If you would like to help Acar're McCombs, contact Mary Woods with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. She can be reached at mary.woods@dhhs.nv.gov




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