A 9-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition called Williams Syndrome, which gives him advanced social skills, is fascinated with vacuum cleaners. The syndrome makes young Lane Fountain more sociable and eager to please, and after he saw his mother vacuuming one day, he decided that he wanted to give it a shot.
“People with his condition also tend to obsess about things, and in Lane’s case it’s hoovers,” said his dad, Mark. “He’s adored them from a young age.”
Lane has a collection of 17 assorted household cleaners, including a Dyson, a Vax, a George and several Henrys. The youngster enjoys going to vacuum stores with his folks, and he also helps out testing vacuum equipment at a local hotel, Mirror reported.
“We treat him to a visit to a shop as a reward for being good, and it’s like watching an old man looking at a classic car,” his dad said. "He studies every detail and knows all the different models, makes and product numbers. His room is full of hoovers, and he has more in the garden.”
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He added: “I think there’s more to come because he’s now gravitating toward carpet washers.”
Lane said this about his obsession: “I love cleaning and I do it every day. I love most hoovers and carpet cleaners – especially Henry.”
There is a serious side to his condition, though. Lane is unable to distinguish who is his friend and who might be a potential threat.
“There is no awareness of strangers or danger,” said his father. “Everybody is their friend, and they cannot see the bad in people.”
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“But we wouldn’t have Lane any other way. He loves everyone and he’s unique.”