*Little Mariah Anderson turned two last Saturday and like any proud parent, her mother dolled her up and posted her picture on the internet. What she got back in response should embarrass us all.
Mariah has been fighting for her life since she was born with a rare condition called Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome. The condition impairs her learning and motor skills.
Mariah’s photo garnered a lot of attention on the internet, but not the sweet comments you’d expect would be handed out to a child of two — the mean and nasty kind usually reserved for much older men and women. Facebook users made mean comments on the original post and poked fun at Mariah’s appearance. Kyra Pringle, Mariah’s mother, was horrified at some of things people said. “The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun,” said Kyra Pringle, “the things you guys are saying about my child, she’s not a monster, she’s real.”
Shame on you!
“If you’re out there and you’re doing these things, and you think that it’s funny, it’s not funny,” said Linda Pringle, Mariah’s grandmother, “This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.”
The family just wants the virtual storm to pass. “People are going to do what they are going to do,” said David Anderson, Mariah’s father, “the only thing that’s bothering me is what’s bothering my family.”
Due to Mariah’s grim life expectancy, the family wants to savor every moment with their child. “She’s just a joy, it’s a joy to have her right now,” said Kyra Pringle, “It’s just to the point where we’re enjoying her.”