1. A severely deformed looking appearance and limited amount of mobility
2. An inability to communicate very well (his biggest conflict is the fact he can't tell his mom that he loves her. So basic communication of 'food' 'bathroom' 'sleep', etc would be okay)
3. Epilepsy or Seizures (enough that they blackout/go unconcious at times, and possibly resulting in hospitalizations)
It takes place in current times. The family doesn't have a lot of money to spend on treatment and care but Mother loves him enough to do her best.
Would Tuberous sclerosis (resulting in Epilepsy and Aphasia) work? (TS doesn't seem to produce the severity of deformity that I'm wanting, which is to a level that a snobbish character refers to him as "monster" looking. Maybe if I make large skin tumors on the face and throw in a club foot or such. How likely doctors would leave those to the age that I need my character to be?)
If not, what would?
What treatment would the child recieve? What would his life expectancy be?
The character with the defect/disorder is preferably male, under the age of 18 (preferable 10-13), and able to communicate on atleast a 6-7 year old level to the MC while both are in a dreamlike medium (bs-able with storylogic).
Thanks for any help. Researching just so I could ask what I wanted to ask has helped me a lot, but I still want to ask.