Adelaide mum, of 3, Sarah Scott, shares a recent experience at the Royal Adelaide Show that left her in shock and totally heartbroken for her young daughter.
Sarah shared on her Facebook page, Piccolo Studio, “I’m going to interrupt the pretty posts for a minute for something a bit more personal, an incident that happened to our family last night at the Royal Adelaide Show
“This is a special needs stroller. They are designed to help kids who are older than standard strollers cater for. We have one of these instead of a wheelchair for hannah because we haven’t made the switch yet, it’s not needed more than a handful of times a year and only if we will be out in crowds for longer periods of time. And I’m hoping our next heart surgery comes before we need it more often.
“When you look at Hannah you can’t see her illnesses clearly. You can’t see the heart condition, the autoimmune illness, the full on medication, the horrendous muscle spasms that can bring her to her knees, the exhaustion of carrying all this in such a little body especially after a school day. You don’t see the complex trauma diagnosis that makes being around a lot of people overwhelming especially when mixed with a lot of noise.
“But you can see this stroller. Learn what it looks like and respect it like you SHOULD a wheelchair. They may be harder sometimes to move around in a tight space. Know using it isn’t always a choice.
“To the woman in the crowd last night who was frustrated because she couldn’t move as fast as she liked, who screamed in my daughter’s face about “being a fucking 10 year old in a pram”. Who terrified and devastated her. Who made her think she couldn’t get back in that chair so she walked in pain for an hour completely humiliated until I forced her back in. I understand you aren’t educated on special needs equipment but maybe if you see a clearly older child in a pram next time you will think and show empathy rather than venom.
“I wish I had caught you. You’re lucky I didn’t.
“We cut our night early, didn’t stay for the fireworks she wanted to see because she was scared you would see her again around a corner and yell at her again.
“And yes we spoilt her sick. A new onesie, squishies, show bag and an amazing henna from my generous and incredibly talented friend Linda.
But you made the greatest impression on her, in her words “you were the first person to ever be mean to me for being a heart kid”.
No more words.”
Hannah was born with a congenital heart condition known as, Tetralogy of Fallot and has already undergone 3 heart surgeries with more to come.
We hope whoever that lady was catches a glimpse of Sarah’s post that has now gone viral (over 2000 shares) and realises just how nasty her actions were. We hope she feels the need to reach out to young Hannah and apologise for judging her and making her feel worthless.
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