Natalie Weaver is a wife, mother, and activist living in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she and her husband, Mark, decided to have children, they never imagined their firstborn would have a slew of preexisting conditions.
Natalie Weaver knows there aren’t many little girls like her daughter Sophia.
The nine-year-old has been through enough surgeries to last several lifetimes. Though she can’t talk, she uses her eyes and makes little sounds to communicate with her family. Weaver says that although her conditions sometimes cause her pain, Sophia is a happy, strong little girl.
Sophia suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare brain disorder that impacts nearly every aspect of her life. She has been hospitalized countless times and undergone dozens of surgeries.
Sophia also has facial deformities so severe that Natalie says the entire family faced hateful comments and stares on a regular basis.
Recently, Natalie came across a poster that left her absolutely horrified — and she decided enough was enough.
When Sophia was a baby, Natalie says the “hate and stares” they received were so painful that she hid away in darkness for seven years. One of those events happened recently which Natalie posted on social media.
How the misshappening escalated
The events unfolded when Natalie posted a Christmas photo of her family on Twitter.
“We are grateful for another beautiful holiday season with Sophia,” Natalie wrote. “She continues to overcome & fight every daily challenge & difficulty she faces. And she does it with so much sweetness, laughter and positivity. She is the definition of strength. I’m so proud of my girl.
And shortly after, a user Kelsey Monahan Saum responded.
“If you TRULY loved her, you’d go the selfless & empathetic route by putting her out of her misery,” Saum wrote.
In her message, Saum called Natalie a “Sick & twisted self-righteous Christian.”
She ended it with: “I hope you got sterilized so you can’t produce any more defective offspring.”
Natalie has been keeping on spreading this message from all her social media handles.
Natalie readily confirms that life with a child with profound disabilities can be difficult and painful and emotional. But to her, that’s not the most important part of Sophia’s story.
“We have to deal with so many challenges, but because of her my life is better,” Natalie says. “I know what true happiness is.”
Source – littlethings.com, cnn.com, thenewstribune.com