A South Carolina woman was shocked to learn that a picture of her 2-year-old daughter she had shared on Facebook had been used to create cruel images, which made fun at the ill child.
Two-year-old Mariah Anderson of Summerville, South Carolina, was born with Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, a very rare genetic condition which impairs the child’s learning and motor skills.
Mother Kyra Pringle had posted a picture of Mariah, celebrating her second birthday last month, only to see it taken up by internet trolls and turned into cruel images which made fun of the toddler’s picture. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Little Mariah Anderson of Summerville, South Carolina, was born with Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that impairs both her learning and motor skills. Mom Kyra posted the picture on the right to celebrate her daughter’s birthday last month.
One of the troll’s images featured Mariah’s picture, plus the wording “someone shows you their baby and she looks like this — what do you so”. Pringle told News 2 on Saturday:
She’s not a monster. She’s not fake. She’s real. She is here.
Mariah’s grandmother Linda Pringle added:
This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.
But once people realized that the child was real and was born with a condition which has drastically shortened her life expectancy, the negativity turned into positivity and some of the offenders offered their apologies.
2. There is no cure for Mariah’s condition, but the brave young girl is already living longer than doctors expected, said her mom, right.
3. The family are raising funds to pay for Mariah’s medical expenses via her GoFundMe page.
One guy was like I was one of them to share this and laugh because I thought she wasn’t real. He said I do apologize — if I were you I wouldn’t accept my apology.
Pringle told News 2 that the situation has been completely reversed and she has now received many more positive comments about her daughter than the negative ones she had received initially.
The mother is ignoring the cruel messages and is instead focusing on all the love she is now getting. She said:
All I can say is thank you.
There is no known cure for Mariah’s condition at present, but the brave girl has already lived longer than the doctors had expected.
The family are heading to North Carolina later this month for treatment and observation and are continuing a fundraiser to pay for the girl’s medical expenses through her GoFundMe page.
4. “She’s not a monster.” A toddler with a rare disorder becomes victim of cyber bullying.
5. The internet rallies around “cyber bullied toddler” with a rare disorder.
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