The disconsolate mother of a disabled youth has recalled the cruel moment when a bully booed his son while playing in a park.
Brady, the six-year-old son of Alicia Down, has cerebral palsy and also the neurological disorder Moebius syndrome.
The latter affects the use of several nerves and has caused partial paralysis in certain areas of the child's face.
As a result of his Moebius Syndrome, Brady, who comes from Perth in Western Australia, can not smile, frown, purse his lips, raise his eyebrows or blink.
The six-year-old son of Alicia Down (pictured) Brady (pictured) has cerebral palsy and also the neurological disorder Moebius syndrome
As a result of his Moebius Syndrome, Brady (pictured) can not smile, frown, purse his lips, raise his eyebrows or blink
Ms. Down spoke of her anguish when she took her son to a park just to hear another child harass him.
& # 39; Brady was greeted by another small boy of the same age as him who said & # 39; How disgusting, you're a weirdo! & # 39; with a look of disgust, "he told Daily Mail Australia.
The words hurt like a knife in his heart, as they told him. It makes me feel incredibly sad that this is not the first or the last time you will hear evil. "
& # 39; In fact, it happens too often & # 39;
While her son has different physical abilities, she said that her appearance in no way shapes who she is on the inside.
"Brady may not be able to smile physically, but he's still a cheerful, bubbly and sociable little kid who just wants to be friends with everyone he meets," he said.
Brady has two older brothers, Campbell and Oakley, who are his staunchest supporters.
Ms. Down remembers countless times when the children came to Brady's aid, telling passersby that "it's a shame to look at them" when their eyes stop too much on their little brother.
"We are more than happy to answer questions of people's curiosity, but rude comments and glances are not acceptable," said Ms. Down.
Brady has two older brothers, Campbell and Oakley, who are his staunchest supporters
She notices that her two older ones already endure unwanted attention, and she worries that as Brady grows older and begins to understand what is happening a little more, he may begin to affect him negatively as well.
He worries how looks and comments like the one against Brady in the park can affect him in the future.
She notes that her two older children already support the unwanted attention & # 39; and he is concerned that as Brady grows older and begins to understand what is happening a little more, it can also begin to affect him negatively.
While his local community is nothing but support and treats Brady as he deserves; She is not different from the others, Ms. Down says that it is the broader community that is often less understanding or aware.
She said it's during the exits how are you that Brady is the subject of looks and comments, which often occur.
The local community is nothing more than support and treat Brady as he deserves; It is not different from the others
In the same playground where Brady was attacked, and by the same child, Brady was told he was "scary".
Ms. Down said that she tried to explain to the child that what she had been saying was not very pleasant, and that everyone was different.
"But this guy just did not seem to understand it and kept saying it … of course, his parents were not seen anywhere during any of the encounters," he continued.
Brady's conditions affect his mobility, and the family has to be especially careful on windy days to keep their eyes lubricated and prevent dust or sand from entering.
He uses a walking aid for short distances and has a wheelchair for longer distances.
His brothers frequently attend their medical appointments, even if that means losing the sport or other commitments.
But Ms. Down says that they never complain, and they lead daily life calmly.
"They are incredible support for him and they all share a very close bond, they love and help care for, motivate and advocate for him," he said.
"They are incredible support for him and they all share a very close bond, they love and help care for, motivate and advocate for him," Ms. Down said about Brady's older siblings.