A girl from North Carolina who was born with deformities has died at the age of 10. Sophia Weaver was subjected to distasteful comments from internet trolls. Sophia suffered from a brain disorder called Rett syndrome grabbed eyeballs of the internet users after someone posted a photo of hers promoting abortion. The condition mostly affects girls between the age of one to two and the 10-year-old had undergone at least 22 surgeries. US Woman Jessica Cox Born Without Arms Becomes First Licensed Pilot to Fly Plane With Feet!
Rett Syndrome is a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder which affects brain development. It also leads to issues with breathing, walking, speech, motor and other social skills. As she couldn't talk, Sophia used her eyes and made little sounds to communicate with her family. Before she died, Sophia ensured that her bucket list items were ticked off. US Dad Builds Igloo For Disabled Daughter, Social Media Calls Him 'Best Dad'.
After Sophia's death, her mother, Natalie Weaver took to Twitter saying, "Our #SweetSophia left this earth last night as she spent every day of her life, surrounded by love & adoration. Through the tweet, Natalie also requested people to donate to Sophia's Voice, an organisation that helps people with chronic illness and disabilities. She also wrote, "Once we pull ourselves from this shattering pain we will continue to help others in her memory."
Here is Sophia Turner's mother Natalie Weaver' s tweet :
Our #SweetSophia left this earth last night as she spent every day of her life, surrounded by love & adoration.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to https://t.co/EmzKKAEEc3
Once we pull ourselves from this shattering pain we will continue to help others in her memory pic.twitter.com/fvZBo9xqRW
— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) May 24, 2019
The person who had used Sophia's photo in a post on abortion wrote, "It is okay to think that every child matters, however a lot of them do not hence the amnio test. (It) should be a mandatory test and if it proves negative and the woman does not want to abort then all bills accrued after that is on her and the father."
Natalie with her parents!
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After the post went viral, Natalie decided to fight back the insensitivity and prove why her daughter deserves a better world away from the hatred. As Twitter did not help in removing the post, she tweeted saying, "@TwitterSupport Just received an email that Twitter doesn't think a person using my child's image as the poster child to ABORT & to weed out all the 'defectives' in utero is a violation. Why? Bc, they won't recognize hate toward ppl w/ disabilities in their regulations/reports." Meanwhile, many social media users came in Natalie's support following which Twitter removed the post and suspended the user.
However, things did not end there, following this incident, Sophia and her family were constantly harassed on social media. In the process, they also found a lot of supporters campaigning for their cause. Through the journey, Natalie became an activist and advocate for children with disabilities. The family continues to champion for the cause after their daughter's death.