A heartbroken mom has revealed how her child who suffers from a life-threatening condition, has been bullied and made fun of by adults.
Just last year, 4-year-old Banner Sears was diagnosed with Rapid-Onset Obesity with Hypothalamic Dysregulation, Hypoventilation, and Autonomic Dysregulation (ROHHAD)
The diagnosis came about after the little boy started experiencing dramatic weight increase and breathing problems. Banner now weighs 70lbs, almost twice the average weight of a child his age.
But it was how people mocked her child that shocked mom Lyndsay. Even fully grown adults tormented her poor son for a sickness he had no control over. “People can be so cruel,” Lyndsay explained, recalling an occasion wherein someone refused to give her son sweets when they were out trick or treating.
Another time, Lyndsay recalls “Once we were at a fair and he was eating a piece of a doughnut and a woman started pointing at him and doing a blow up face. It took all my will not to react.”
Lyndsay said, “In 2019 when there are so many invisible diseases it shocked me that an adult could behave like that. He’s just a little kid and he doesn’t understand, which is lucky, but people are just unbelievably cruel.”
Little Banner’s condition is so rare that only 100 children in the world have it, according to the ROHHAD Association. Metro states that those diagnosed with the illness typically die in their teens or early twenties.
Banner first started showing symptoms of ROHHAD in February 2018. The 4-year-old gained 7lbs in just 6 weeks. From there, he continued to grow heavier each passing day and had to be admitted to hospital for about 6 months due to a viral infection last September.
The little boy also had to undergo surgery to remove a tumor last December. He was also put through low-dose chemotherapy to try and slow the onset of his condition.
Despite all those challenges, little Banner himself remains bubbly and full of life. He is set to start preschool this month and his mom hopes it will be the boost he needs.
Banner’s family have established as GoFundMe Page to help Banner in his battle against ROHHAD.
We are sending prayers and lots of hugs to you Banner! You are a brave little fighter.
Don’t you agree that adults bullying a child over his or her weight is disgusting? We really have to do better as adults and teach our children as well.
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