Ten year old EDSer wins at swimming

By Ken Barhorst.

Payne-Jarrett - Sidney

Jarrett Payne, 10, of Sidney holds a plaque and has a host of medals around his neck after a recent swim meet. Swimming has been a big part of his life, and his family’s.

Ten-year-old Jarrett Payne of Sidney has so far had an amazing career in swimming. And it’s been against all odds.

The son of Jeff and Wendy Payne, Jarrett was diagnosed at a very young age with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

As explained in medical terms, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect one’s connective tissue, primarily skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue provides strength and elasticity to the underlying structures of the body.

People who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome usually have overly-flexible joints and stretchy fragile skin. This can become a problem if one has a wound that requires stitches because the skin often isn’t strong enough to hold them.

Because of this, the young Payne was not allowed to compete in any contact sports. “He’s a competitor, and he would love to play football, basketball, soccer…,” said his mother.

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