A toddler was left covered in agonising sores caused by mould in a council flat.
One-year-old Keeghan Harrison has twice been admitted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after “flare-ups triggered by fungal spores”.
Mum Amy Harrison, 24, says her youngest son has “no quality of life” and screams in pain every hour.
She applies three different creams to treat his aggravated eczema.
Amy has been battling with the council to remove the mould in the bathroom, lounge and hallway of her two-bed home in Kenilworth House, Billesley, Birmingham, for months.
She took Birmingham City Council to court in October last year, and it pleaded guilty to leaving the property in “such a state as to cause a risk of illness of disease”.
Two pages worth of urgent repairs were carried out, including fixing various leaks, Birmingham Live reports.
However, Amy claims they simply painted over the mouldy walls and that the damp was worse within two weeks.
The authority apologised for delays and said "urgent repairs were successfully completed", despite photos taken this week (August 12) capturing mould across the flat.
After two hospital admissions, Keeghan's paediatric dermatology specialist wrote to the council's housing team to stress mould spores are a trigger for his condition.
The specialist warned the child's eczema would “continue to flare” if the mould was not fixed.
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Full-time mum Amy, who suffers from mental health issues, said: "The photos don't do it justice. In person, he's got about 80% of his skin that looks like he's been burnt with a kettle of water.
"The doctors have said he has got no quality of life. He doesn't sleep because of the itching and how sore he is. He shouldn't have to be in the pain he's in.
"Every hour I have to apply three different creams that's every hour – even during the night. He screams as I put it on as well."
During a week's stay at the children's hospital – and while away from the council flat – the mum explained how his eczema "almost disappeared".
"We actually started to be able to see part of his skin," she said.
"But by the time he got discharged, within just a few days, he was back red raw and you couldn't see any of his skin again."
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Her four-year-old Theo also suffers from eczema, with occasional flare-ups, though they're not as severe as her youngest son.
Her three-year-old son Jaydon doesn't have any issues, only a "small patch once in a blue moon".
She also claims her toilet was broken by the council and she waited three days for it to bring a portaloo at the start of July.
During that time, her family of four were left using "buckets and bottles" instead.
"I had a blockage and as they went to unblock it they smashed the whole bottom of my toilet.
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"They left that there, with all faeces still at the bottom. I had to use all my duvet covers and towels to clean it up off the floor because it all flooded.
"The smell was not only in my house but you could smell it outside the property. Keeghan is meant to have at least minimum two baths a day for his skin, but he hadn't had that for three weeks because I wasn't bathing him in a stinking bathroom with faeces and urine in the air.
"They [the council] left and they didn't come back for three days with the portaloo. [When it came] it only got cleaned out twice while we had it for a month. They're supposed to clean it every other day."
The toilet repairs were eventually carried out after more than three weeks, while the council says the problem was "resolved as swiftly as possible".
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"It's degrading. They don't even care. I've cried on the phone. They just won't listen. The mould has been like this for five years and it has got worse since then," Amy added.
"I've told them it's not just a painting over job. I just want them to rectify the problems, actually sort it out, because all they've done for the past five years is come back with this 'magic paint' to stop paint and mould but it just comes back twice as bad."
A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “While we apologise for any delay to repairs carried out, we do need our tenants to work with us.
"When a problem arises, we need our tenants to report the issue and most importantly, provide us with access to the property, including keeping scheduled appointments.
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"All urgent repair works to the flat were successfully completed last October.
"The issues regarding the broken toilet were resolved as swiftly as possible and were completed in July.
"A follow up will be made with Ms Harrison to ensure that there are no outstanding issues.”
The family are currently on the waiting list to be given a three-bedroom house – which they are eligible for.
But the mum was told there's a waiting list of six months.
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