Mum distraught as children laugh at disabled daughter in Tesco – and their MUM joins in

Bethan says two young boys started to point and laugh at her daughter Lydia

A mum has revealed how two boys laughed at her disabled daughter in Tesco – before their own MUM joined in.

Bethan Germon, 30, from Wales, was shopping at her local supermarket in Swansea – and was left distraught by the events.

She says two kids laughed at her toddler’s incurable brain condition – along with their mother – while she was shopping in the Fforestfach Tesco, Wales Online reports.

Bethan says two young boys started to point and laugh at her daughter Lydia, who was born with a rare condition called Dandy Walker syndrome.

The condition causes an endless build-up of fluid to the brain and, to Bethan’s shock, even caused the boys’ mum to laugh.

The mum-of-two said: “I was dreading going to Tesco as supermarkets are the worst place for horrible comments and behaviour.

“As we were leaving, there were a couple of kids there mocking Lydia – which isn’t unusual.

“They were pointing and giggling uncontrollably, usually when this happens, they cling onto their mum or dads as they are not sure how to deal with a child like Lydia, generally the behaviour of the parent is to get angry and tell them off.

“The mum asked them quite loudly what they were laughing at, when they pointed over at Lydia she laughed with them.”

The devastated mum added: “What is the world coming to?

“I was so shocked.

“In my head I thought that what I had heard was wrong, but my mum was there and she had heard it and she was glaring at the boy.

“The boy then put his two fingers up and stuck his tongue out at my mum.

“There’s no point in saying anything as it would turn into an argument that I don’t need, I didn’t want to upset Lydia or my eldest daughter Caitlin.”

On New Year’s Eve 2016, Bethan was told her two-month-old daughter had only hours to live. But now nearly two years old, brave Lydia is still fighting.

The NHS eventually gave her the surgery she needed, although parents Bethan and David initially thought they would have to fly her to America for special treatment.

Lydia has suffered from meningitis and sepsis during her short life – and the damage to her brain has left her with cerebral palsy.

The little one’s ventilator was turned off in January last year but miraculously she kept fighting and her condition improved.

Thirty-year-old Bethan, from Fforestfach , has also had to regularly deal with online abuse from trolls.

People have told her she should have had an abortion, and that, “if that was my child I would let her die”.

“Sometimes we respond sometimes we don’t,” Bethan said.

“Whenever we are in a supermarket people think it’s okay to make rude comments, one woman looked into her pram before and said that Lydia was disgusting.”

Mum distraught as children laugh at disabled daughter in Tesco – and their MUM joins in

Bethan says two young boys started to point and laugh at her daughter Lydia

A mum has revealed how two boys laughed at her disabled daughter in Tesco – before their own MUM joined in.

Bethan Germon, 30, from Wales, was shopping at her local supermarket in Swansea – and was left distraught by the events.

She says two kids laughed at her toddler’s incurable brain condition – along with their mother – while she was shopping in the Fforestfach Tesco, Wales Online reports.

Bethan says two young boys started to point and laugh at her daughter Lydia, who was born with a rare condition called Dandy Walker syndrome.

The condition causes an endless build-up of fluid to the brain and, to Bethan’s shock, even caused the boys’ mum to laugh.
The mum-of-two said: “I was dreading going to Tesco as supermarkets are the worst place for horrible comments and behaviour.

“As we were leaving, there were a couple of kids there mocking Lydia – which isn’t unusual.

“They were pointing and giggling uncontrollably, usually when this happens, they cling onto their mum or dads as they are not sure how to deal with a child like Lydia, generally the behaviour of the parent is to get angry and tell them off.

“The mum asked them quite loudly what they were laughing at, when they pointed over at Lydia she laughed with them.”

The devastated mum added: “What is the world coming to?

“I was so shocked.

“In my head I thought that what I had heard was wrong, but my mum was there and she had heard it and she was glaring at the boy.

“The boy then put his two fingers up and stuck his tongue out at my mum.

“There’s no point in saying anything as it would turn into an argument that I don’t need, I didn’t want to upset Lydia or my eldest daughter Caitlin.”
On New Year’s Eve 2016, Bethan was told her two-month-old daughter had only hours to live. But now nearly two years old, brave Lydia is still fighting.

The NHS eventually gave her the surgery she needed, although parents Bethan and David initially thought they would have to fly her to America for special treatment.

Lydia has suffered from meningitis and sepsis during her short life – and the damage to her brain has left her with cerebral palsy.

The little one’s ventilator was turned off in January last year but miraculously she kept fighting and her condition improved.

Thirty-year-old Bethan, from Fforestfach , has also had to regularly deal with online abuse from trolls.

People have told her she should have had an abortion, and that, “if that was my child I would let her die”.

“Sometimes we respond sometimes we don’t,” Bethan said.

“Whenever we are in a supermarket people think it’s okay to make rude comments, one woman looked into her pram before and said that Lydia was disgusting.”
Bethan is hoping to campaign and raise awareness of the lack of education around children with disabilities.

“I’ve had about 10 mums contact me since Monday night saying how this happens to them regularly, I’ve had enough of the criticism and if people don’t start educating others then the ignorance will continue,” she said.

“I want all mums to feel proud of their babies and feel confident to go shopping with them, without fear. We don’t want parents to grab their kids or be angry with them, kids are curious beings. They just want to know why someone is different. We don’t want the parents joining in either.

“The perfect scenario will be for the parents to bring their kids over and ask us questions and speak to Lydia, provided they are well and free of coughs or colds.”

Following the incident on Monday evening, a Tesco spokesman said: “Everyone is welcome at Tesco and abuse of any kind has no place in our stores.

“We look forward to welcoming Ms Germon and her daughter back to our Swansea Cadle Extra and are pleased to hear that our colleagues have been very supportive.”

Bethan has set up a JustGiving page to help Lydia get all the support, treatments and therapies she needs for a better life.

To donate go to http://bit.ly/2gIUPqg .

You can also text LYDI59 £5 to 70070.

Source: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/mum-distraught-children-laugh-disabled-13581332#

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