Romeo Beckham has epilepsy

Victoria and David Beckham’s middle son, five year-old Romeo, suffers from the seizure disorder epilepsy, which can be triggered by the constant flash of the paparrazi’s cameras that follow the couple:

The world’s most-photographed celebrity family are desperate to protect little Romeo from fans and paparazzi eager to get a snap.

The lad, who turned four just five weeks ago, has been warned to avoid flashing lights known to cause potentially-fatal seizures.

The frightened youngster reacted violently after being photographed at Heathrow last Saturday as he returned to Britain from Madrid with Posh and brothers Brooklyn, seven, and Cruz, one.

Initially he shielded his eyes against the flashes as his mother pushed him through the terminal building in his buggy and out to a waiting car.

He then started screaming in terror and lashing out with his legs as one photographer pressed his camera inside the car and started flashing.

Only then did horrified Posh, 32, reveal the truth about brave Romeo’s dangerous condition.

She pulled her blond-headed son to her, shielded him from the lights and yelled: “Leave him alone.

“He’s got epilepsy. All that flashing will start an epileptic fit. You can’t do that!”

Kevin Smith — owner of Splash news, the agency that took the shot —said: “No picture is worth putting a child’s life in danger.

“Now that we know Romeo has epilepsy I will not be authorising any of my photographers to take flash pictures of him. I think this is absolutely the right thing to do and I hope other agencies follow suit.”

And we at the News of the World are only printing the shocking picture — taken BEFORE the facts were known — to persuade fans and the world’s press to act responsibly.

The frightening incident came soon after specialists told the couple that Romeo’s condition was more serious than first feared and that he had epilepsy.

Romeo has endured a series of frightening fits and has been rushed to hospital four times in three years.

Intially it was thought his attacks were simply febrile convulsions, common in young children running a high temperature.

But when the fits continued with no clear explanation he was tested for epilepsy, which has now been confirmed.

A close friend of Posh and Real Madrid star Becks said: “They have told friends the situation. While it’s heartbreaking, he is being brave.

“They are devastated — worried sick about Romeo. He is on medication to control the seizures but obviously things like flashing lights can trigger one at any time.

My son needs dental surgery as something happened when I was pregnant, it’s unknown exactly what, and the top four tooth buds did not calcify properly. He needs to get those four teeth taken out and maybe a bridge put in. That is why I had to take some time off last week to consult with dentists.

Anyway this is the only thing wrong with my two year-old son as far as we know and I keep telling my husband to be grateful that he has excellent health and is so smart and happy. I can’t imagine dealing with a chronic health problem with my child and my heart goes out to Victoria and David. They may be richer than most of the planet, but they still have to deal with heartbreak. Hopefully Romeo’s seizures are under control and now that the word is out his health won’t be jeopardized by flashes going off in the future.

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  1. Tinkerbelle says:

    Sorry for the child, but I can’t stand Posh & David.

  2. Action says:

    Man, that really sucks. I feel bad for the kid. epilepsy can be treated with medication but with growth spurts and hormones often times the meds in kids need to be tweeked quite often. Poor kid.

  3. millie says:

    Oh, that’s so sad. When diagnosed so early, epilepsy is usually more severe.. I hope they can get it under control but it’s not easy and can be very dangerous, particularly when going through puberty–many kids refuse to take their meds thinking they can deal with it on their own. Poor kid.

  4. chic mommy says:

    that’s awful. I hope the paparazzi stand by their word and don’t flash photos near him again.

  5. ER says:

    ….”only then did horrified Posh reveal the truth about Romeo’s condition…” Wow, she waited until a photog was IN HER SONS FACE to reveal the truth? If my child had a condition like that and I was a high profile celeb I would have called a press conference and made it front page news, and threatened to sue anyone who didn’t comply. That’s scary – the fact that it’s life threatening. Poor kid!!!

  6. frewtloop says:

    That poor child has been dealt a double blow in life:

    1. Epilepsy; &
    2. Thick and Thin as parents….. 😉

  7. wow that’s really ashame

  8. disco says:

    well done ER for stressing a point – only then.. the twat should leave him out of the limelight. take a long holiday out of the glares of people who are only scratchy out for an income.

  9. Alexi says:

    my sis has epilepsy and its been a hell of a ride….They are lucky to be ridiculously wealthy…He does need to be cared for. Let’s hope its’ the real deal versus more PR. Leave the little guy at home.

  10. pirate gypsy gummi bear queen says:

    They shouldn’t have to leave the kid at home, that will only make him feel worse, and more like a freak when he’s forced to stay home but his brothers are allowed to come and go as they please. SHe should have made it publicy known even this story is not going to make some of the more crazy paps. stay back. Poor kid. We shouldn’t live in a culture where guys are willing to stalk,threaten and terrorize celebs just cause it brings big bucks