Mariana Lopez Ortiz (photo), who also has dwarf growth, sent a powerful message to support Quaden
An American dwarfed woman has delivered a gripping message to the Australian nine-year-old Quaden, after cruel bullies left him on the verge of suicide.
Quaden was ridiculously mocked by children at school, which led his mother to share a shocking video online in which he said he wanted to die.
The young person has since received an outpouring of support from the public and celebrities, including Hugh Jackman.
Marina Lopez Ortiz, a mother who also has dwarfism, said that Quaden’s ordeal had broken her heart “into a million pieces.”
“Quaden, I don’t know you personally as a young man, but you are very loved,” she wrote.
“There are mean people in this world, and I wish I could tell you that it will stop with a snap, but unfortunately I can’t.
‘What I can tell you is that you have to be strong, everyone might not like you, but guess what? You don’t need them.
“Those who mind it don’t matter. And those who matter don’t mind. “
She further told the young man that he is ‘unique for a reason’ and that he should be proud of himself.
“Nasty people are crazy people who want them to be just as wonderful and loved as you are,” she added.
‘Your mother, family and so many others are so proud of you.
“It’s heavy, it’s not easy, but you’re not the only one. You are unique for a reason.
“Anders is unique and you have to be proud.”
Mariana Lopez Ortiz (photo, left) told Quaden (right) that he should be proud of who he is
His mother, Yarraka Bayles published the video online earlier this week and has now been viewed more than 10 million times.
“This is the impact that bullying has on a nine-year-old child who just wants to go to school, get an education, and have fun,” she said.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is a disease of bone growth that prevents cartilage (especially in the long bones of the arms and legs) from turning into bone.
It is characterized by a limited range of movement at the elbows, large head dimensions (macrocephaly), small fingers and normal intelligence.
Achondroplasia can cause health complications, such as interruption of breathing (apnea), obesity, recurring ear infections and an exaggerated inward facing curvature of the lumbar spine.
People with dwarfism have a normal life expectancy.
Source: US Department of Health
Mrs. Lopez Ortiz reached to Quaden and his family and said that people with disabilities often face cruelty.
“As a person with dwarfism and a mother of a child with dwarfism, this breaks my heart into millions of pieces,” she wrote.
“This is definitely not OK. I am saddened that people with disabilities are viewed and pointed out differently, and that we must learn how to adapt to this rough world, as if it is not difficult as it is.
‘As if we had a choice, instead of schools, and that parents do their work and provide information about these topics. You must start to turn all handicaps into a topic of conversation, as well as the diversity of races. “
In conversation with the native Australian TV channel NITV in the aftermath of the viral images, Quaden encouraged others to stand up for themselves when they face a bully.
Quaden is depicted with NRL star Latrell Mitchell. The nine-year-old will lead the Indigenous All Stars NRL team on Saturday
His mother, an Aboriginal rights activist, said her son has made several attempts to take his own life
“If you are bullied, just stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say,” he said.
The nine-year-old believes that parents should inform their children about people with disabilities to prevent further bullying.
“Parents must make their children kind to people with disabilities,” he said.
Mrs. Bayles said her “strong” son wants other people to know how he feels and no longer wants to suffer “in silence.”
“It’s 2020 and bullying is at a record high and especially in our communities, people don’t understand that if you are native, you’re already against discrimination and racism,” she said.
The video has sparked a burst of sympathy for the nine-year-old of members of the public and celebrities, including Hugh Jackman.
‘You are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what happens, you have a friend in me, “Jackman said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
Quaden will also send the Native All-Stars onto the field in their rugby league clash with the Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.
NRL legend Johnathon Thurston (photo) offers Quaden his support since the video went viral
Through a heart-warming Instagram post, Thurston said that Quaden was “loved” and “staying strong”
They are competing against New Zealand Maori Kiwis in CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The nine-year-old was caught with NRL star Latrell Mitchell, who put on a South Sydney Rabbitohs sweater after he signed with the club for the 2020 season.
Quaden’s mother Yarraka shared the disturbing video that provided enormous support after she had picked up her son from school on Wednesday.
The schoolboy, who has achondroplasia – the most common type of dwarfism – said to his mother, “Give me a rope, I want to commit suicide.”
In the video, which has been viewed more than three million times, Quaden also said: “I just want to put myself in the heart … I want someone to kill me.”
Quaden also scratched his neck and said, “I want to die … I want to scratch myself.”
Mrs. Bayles publicly shared the original video on Facebook in an effort to raise awareness about the consequences of bullying.
Quaden Bayles, nine, (photo) was bullied in such a way that he was seen in heartbreaking images with the request to commit suicide
She said that she normally tries to keep painful moments like this one private, but that she felt she had no choice but to become public.
“We try to be as positive as possible and only to share the highlights … but this is how bullying affects a nine-year-old child,” she said in the video.
At the start of the five-minute clip, Ms. Bayles said, “I just picked up my son from school, witnessed a bullying episode,” the director called, and I want people to know that this is the effect of bullying. This is what bullying does.
“So please educate your children, your families, your friends, because you only need one copy … and you wonder why children commit suicide.”
‘This is the impact of bullying on a nine-year-old child who just wants to go to school, wants to get an education and wants to have fun, but something happens every day.
“Another episode, another harassment, another ridicule, another bad name.”
While Quaden sobbed, Mrs. Bayles asked for help from everyone who saw the images.
‘So is there any advice or support or something that other parents have done?
“I have good advice, but I need more, I want people to know how much it hurts us as a family,” she said, her voice quivering.
The mother did not comment on details about the last bully incident, but rather said that her son was called a “dwarf” by his classmates.
Quaden’s mother told it last year Courier Mail that he first attempted suicide three years ago when he was six.
“I was so shocked. I really didn’t think he would even know what or how at the age of six, ”she said.
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (photo), who plays villain Negan in The Walking Dead, also contacted Quaden on Twitter
The mother, an Aboriginal rights activist, said her son has made several attempts to take his own life.
“I explained to him that once you leave, no road comes back, you are gone forever, but he kept trying,” the mother said.
She also said that Quaden was struck by the death of his grandfather and his younger half-brother, who was stillborn.
“He thought if he went to heaven, he would be with his Pop and his little brother,” she said.
She told the newspaper that she was proud that she had spoken in public about asking for help.
Hugh Jackman (photo) spoke after images of bullied child Quaden Bayles telling his mother that he wanted to commit suicide went viral earlier this week