Two-year-old Mariah Anderson was born with a rare genetic condition, called “Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome.” The condition has impaired her motor and learning skills. Last month, Mariah’s mother, Kyra Pringle, posted a picture of Mariah on Facebook, to celebrate her second birthday. In return, internet users proved how cruel people can be.
According to a report by Charleston, South Carolina’s WCBD, Mariah’s picture was shared by thousands, but not because they wanted to offer their support to the little girl who is not expected to live much longer. Instead, those users chose to mock the little girl, creating memes from her picture that made fun of her appearance.
People who shared the picture called Mariah a “leprechaun,” and worse. One Twitter user cautioned, “This is why I say watch who you have kids with.” Another said, “Not gone [sic] lie probably the ugliest baby ever.” Still another said, “I kno im goin too [sic] hell for laughing at this baby.”
The comments were extremely upsetting to Mariah’s family. Linda Pringle, Mariah’s grandmother, said,
If you’re out there and you’re doing these things, and you think that it’s funny, it’s not funny. This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.
Some who laughed are now apologizing.
Since the story first came to light, things are getting better for Mariah and her family. Many of the strangers who were laughing at Mariah are now taking time to tell Kyra Pringle that they are sorry. Pringle says that one stranger who made fun of Mariah’s picture told her that he laughed because he thought the photo wasn’t real. According to Pringle, he said, “I do apologize – if I were you I wouldn’t accept my apology.”
Pringle is feeling much better now, after the outpouring of support. “With this one negative comment I probably got thirty positive comments and all I can say is thank you,” she says.
Mariah has already lived longer than doctors expected. Later this month, the family will be traveling to North Carolina so that Mariah can get further treatment. A GoFundMe page has been created so that donors can help with expenses the family has and will incur.
Here’s a report on how the internet is now coming to the aid of Mariah Anderson, from WCBD.
Image via screen capture from WCBD