A stunned mother claims another woman called her disabled son ‘it’ and dragged her daughter away so she ‘didn’t catch anything’.
Jennifer Kewley, 25, was shopping with one-year-old son Spencer, who has cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, and his two-year-old brother Isaac when she says a little girl wondered up to her pram.
She says the youngster was saying ‘aw a baby’ when her mum ordered her away from Spencer, who was born prematurely at just 24 weeks old and requires oxygen tubes to help him breath.
After venting her frustration at the woman’s ignorance on social media, her post has attracted almost 400 likes and 185 comments.
Mum-of-two Jennifer, from Wallasey, Merseyside, said: “A little girl about three or four came over to look in the pram, we get that a lot with kids, and she was saying ‘aw a baby, a baby’.
“This woman, who I think was her mum, came over and said ‘come away from it, you might catch something from it’.
“She said it right in front of me and then just walked off with the little girl.
“I couldn’t even get any words out to say anything I was so shocked.
“He’s not an ‘it’ he’s a boy, I don’t know how someone can speak about a child like that.”
One-year-old Spencer, who weighed just 1lb 11oz when he was born, requires frequent hospital treatment and was taken in just days after the unknown woman made the comments last Thursday (August 25).
Healthcare worker Jennifer, who lives with 26-year-old boyfriend Liam McAllister said: “It’s worrying for her kids that she’s setting that sort of example.
“We’ve had teenagers look and say things like ‘ew’ but they’re just kids as far as I’m concerned – this was a grown woman.
“You can’t catch premature lungs, he would be more likely to catch something from another child than the other way round.”
Spencer’s lung condition and cerebral palsy affects his mobility, muscle coordination and posture.
The condition usually occurs if a child’s brain develops abnormally or is damaged during or shortly after birth.
His parents are now starting to notice symptoms of the condition and the tot is required to take medication three times a day to manage his various health problems.
Jennifer said: “He’s getting to the age where he wants to do more than his body will let him.
“People just assume looking at the oxygen that they will catch something from him but that’s not right.
“I’d rather people just ask me what is wrong with him, he shouldn’t be treated any differently.”
News Source MirrorNews