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The 14-year-old, who has severe autism, has drunk from the distinctive two-handled cup since he was a toddler. He refuses to sip from anything else even after it resulted in more than one trip to the hospital due to dehydration.
So when Ben's father Marc Carter found the crucial sippy cup was wearing out, he launched a global plea.
"These cups are not made anymore, the replacements are all new and fancy, we've tried them, Ben throws them at us," Carter said in a tweet,
shared thousands of times.
"Maybe you have one stuck at the back of a cupboard?" he asked.
Such was his son's reliance on drinking from the cup that he'd twice been admitted to hospital with severe dehydration when without it, Carter said.
"In all honesty we're really worried what will happen if it falls apart completely," said the concerned father from Devon, in the south west of England.
People around the world responded, offering blue s