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Young boy diagnosed with being addicted to vacuum cleaners

By Mason White 5:41 AM April 23, 2013
Lane Fountain shows off his vacuum cleaner collection 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) People are known to have weird obsessions, but one little boy is addicted to a particular vacuum cleaner, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

The child was diagnosed with a rare condition that has led to an obsession with vacuum cleaners.

Lane Fountain, 9, is particularly fond of Henry Hoover products.

His fascination is due to a rare genetic disorder called Williams syndrome, with patients having an unusually cheerful demeanor and ease with strangers.

His father, Mark, told a U.K. based newspaper: “People with the condition also tend to obsess over things, and in the case of Fountain, it is Hoovers. He was obsessed with the product from an early age.”

His interest in Hoovers began when he was watching his mother clean the living room one day, and since then has amassed a collection of 17 cleaning products. He uses the vacuum cleaners as often as possible, his father told the newspaper.

His father continued: “We treat him with a visit to a store as a reward for being good and it’s like seeing an old man looking at a classic car. He studies every detail of the vacuum and knows all the different models, brands and product numbers. His room is full of vacuum cleaners and he has more in the garden. I think there’s more to come, as his obsession has now gravitated towards carpet washers.”

“At least it is an obsession his mother can put to good use, as the family home remains clean all the time. If we can choose our obessions I think this one might not be too bad of an obsession after all,” Connie Baily, 36, of Norman, Oklahoma told after learning about the child’s obsession with vacuum cleaners.

Fountain said about himself: “I love cleaning and I do it every day. I love most vacuum cleaners and carpet cleaning products, especially Hoovers.”Mobile video not loading? Click here to view