Sarah Zagorski / 06 MAR 2015 – In South Carolina, a mother discovered that a picture of her sick daughter was being used on Facebook to make fun of the child’s appearance.
Her two-year-old daughter, Mariah Anderson, was born with Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that impairs both her learning and motor skills. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Mariah’s condition and the disease is often fatal.
On February 28th, Kyra Pringle shared a photo of Mariah celebrating her second birthday; however, Internet bullies quickly turned it into memes. According to the Daily Mail, one meme featured the photo of Mariah plus the wording “someone shows you their baby and she looks like this – what do you.”
Pringle commented and said “The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun, the smile that you guys are comparing to all these disgusting like…the things you are saying about my child — she’s not a monster, she’s not fake, she’s real. She is here.” Linda Pringle, the girl’s grandmother, added, “This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.”
Thankfully, once people realized that the child was real and suffering from a life-threatening condition, they started apologizing and giving the mother positive feedback about her daughter. But tragically, the family knows that their daughter’s days are numbered. Pringle concluded, “She’s just a joy. It’s a joy to have her just right now. It’s just to the point where we’re just enjoying her.”
One guy was like I was one of them to share this and laugh because I thought she wasn’t real’ said Pringle, ‘he said I do apologize – if I were you I wouldn’t accept my apology.’
Pringle told News 2 that she has now received many more positive comments than the original negatives ones. Ignoring the bad online and focusing on all the love she is receiving in messages. ‘All I can say is thank you,’ she said.
There is no cure for her Mariah’s condition, but the brave young girl is already living longer than doctors expected.
The family is heading to North Carolina in March for treatment and observation and is continuing to raise funds to pay for Mariah’s medical expenses via her GoFundMe page.