Published: 15:27, 30 December 2021
| Updated: 12:25, 31 December 2021
A mum is urgently trying to track down pouches of the one type of food which her little girl will eat.
Three-year-old Elodie-Rose Turner-Holland, from Canterbury, is autistic and was born with a range of complex medical needs.
Her mum is now running low on the only solid food she eats, and fears her daughter may stop eating entirely if she does not find more.
Elodie-Rose has endured numerous lengthy hospital stays and life-saving procedures that have left her with permanent lung damage.
She is tube-fed milk for more than 18 hours a day, but alongside this she gets through between one and six pouches of banana and coconut puree made by baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.
Mum Tori Holland, 29, said: "That is literally the only thing she will guaranteed eat every day.
"It is like her safety blanket."
Tori regularly faces a "battle" to track the food down when stocks run low in shops, but a current shortage, confirmed by the manufacturer, has caused a particularly desperate situation.
She is now down to just 20 pouches, which will last Elodie a matter of days.
After searching online and visiting dozens of local shops in person but with no success, she has made a plea for help.
"It's quite common for autistic children to really focus on one thing that they like," explained Tori.
"But with Elodie, she can't swallow fluids because neurologically her brain can't control the fluid going down from the mouth to the stomach.
"She ate solid food last year, but as she's been in and out of hospital she's had all these traumas, and it's set her back developmentally."
Tori fears Elodie could regress and stop eating solid foods again if she does not have access to the pouches.
"If we lose the pouches and she doesn't have them for a week, she might not want to use them again," she said. "So it's really important."
"I have tried making it myself," she added. "Elodie will not have it. It is also very unsanitary to wash out old pouches and refill with home-made product that she won't eat anyway.
"The only hope we have is to reach as many people as possible who can keep their eyes peeled."
Tori urges people to "please please keep your eyes peeled" for the pouches.
Anyone able to help track them down is asked to contact Tori through Facebook or Instagram at @elodiesbigadventures.
Ella's Kitchen has been approached for comment.