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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  • No one should make comments about other people’s children EVER


  • I learned from a friend early on not to make comments or judgements on ‘big kids’ with dummies or in prams, you never know what that child is going through


  • Hannah I apologise for the woman who screamed at you. Whether she knew or not, she had no right to do this. I’m also sorry that she ruined the day for you but please don’t think all people are like her. It’s no excuse but she may have been having a hard day. I wish you all the best in your life and that things improve for you from this day forward


  • How disgusting! I would never dream of saying something so nasty to anyone and that this poor little girl has such a horrendous illness just makes it all the worse.


  • This woman, the aggressor, seems to be just a horrible impatient person regardless the situation. Who can do or say this? What kind of person is she? Not a very decent or humane one.


  • What is wrong with people?? Doesn’t anyone have any common sense these days? Obviously a bigger kid in a pram is in that pram for a reason. What a miserable life that woman must be living, with no empathy or compassion.


  • I’m sorry for what you and your daughter have had to endure. Judging is a terrible thing and sadly too many don’t think before speaking, or screaming, and that can cause much distress, especially unfortunate when such ugliness is directed at a sick young child who already is enduring so much. That said, maybe think to yourself, tell your child, that the people who behave rudely have their own issues, that their ugliness is not, need be in your child’d universe. Maybe the rude person is bipolar, or has a serious issues with depression or anger management – best as you can ignore their ugliness as what they think ideally need not be a part of your or your precious children’s world. I send you warm thoughts.


  • Some people are so self centred and selfish. It is none of her business anyway. I hope your daughter has recovered from her angry outburst.


  • I feel so sorry for your daughter, Hannah. She should not ever be subjected to this sort of abuse. As far as I am concerned no-one ever has the right to abuse someone of any age who is using something in a public area. I always feel you should look and then feel how would I be in that circumstance – in other words ‘walk a mile/sit a mile in their shoes’.
    I do hope you can make Hannah realize that the person was not a nice person and most people would not be like that. I do hope Hannah gets a new heart or the operation that will help her soon. Being a 10 year old with a disability is hard enough without being hurt by unfeeling people.


  • Disgusting. we were at the show the other night and you can damn well bet if id seen her do that id go after her.
    Not all disability and illness is visable with a big wheel chair or hairloss
    Im so sorry that happened to your darling girl


  • Whoever yells at a child like that is a poor excuse as a human


  • The woman’s actions were despicable. I hope somebody who knew the woman saw her disgusting behaviour gave her a great deal to think about afterwards. Very few children from about 2 1/2 y.o. will happily sit in a standard size stroller. By that time they are getting very independent. A larger stroller is always obvious because of its width. I am disappointed that the manufacturer has not included a higher back to support the child’s head and an optional hood for some sun protection.


  • This made me so angry & sad. That woman had no right to be so aggressive with your daughter. They say kids can be cruel but I think adults can be worse.


  • This breaks my heart.
    Some people have lucky lives and the worst thing to happen to them is that they are slowed down by others. They have no dea. So heartless to make a comment like that with no concern about the impact.


  • Aw Hannah, sorry you had to go through this !
    There’s clearly life or death in the power of the tongue and this lady spoke very harmful words to you ! Don’t let those words get to you, this lady doesn’t know a thing !!


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