For Ben Carter, the beloved little blue cup wasn’t only a consuming vessel — it was a lifeline.
The 14-year-previous, who has extreme autism, has drunk from the distinctive two-dealt with cup since he was a toddler. He refuses to sip from anything even after it resulted in multiple journey to the hospital resulting from dehydration.
So when Ben’s father Marc Carter discovered the essential sippy cup was sporting out, he launched a worldwide plea.
“These cups are not made anymore, the replacements are all new and fancy, we’ve tried them, Ben throws them at us,” Carter stated in a tweet, shared hundreds of occasions.
“Maybe you have one stuck at the back of a cupboard?” he requested.
Such was his son’s reliance on consuming from the cup that he’d twice been admitted to hospital with extreme dehydration when with out it, Carter stated.
“In all honesty we’re really worried what will happen if it falls apart completely,” stated the involved father from Devon, within the south west of England.
People all over the world responded, providing blue sippy cups that appeared comparable. But until it was “99.9% identical,” Ben would refuse to drink from it defined Carter.
The plea caught the eye of the cup’s producer Tommee Tippee. The firm stated its employees within the US, Australia, France and Hong Kong searched for the cup. It ultimately discovered the unique mould design and has provided to supply 500 cups for the teenager.
“Our factory team discovered that the tools to make the original cups were still stored away and, crucially, they were in a usable condition,” stated the corporate in a press release on its web site.
“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,” it added.
“You’ve been incredible,” stated Carter in a video message to all of the individuals who had helped his search.
“We have more cups than we could have dreamt of.”