Whenever a mother shared pictures of her son, Raedyn, who has a rare condition known as Pfeiffer syndrome, online, he became the target of bullying based on his appearance. Despite receiving numerous requests to stop posting his pictures, the mother, Natasha, didn’t yield. Instead, she responded to the haters with a viral message that gained widespread attention.
Similar to many parents, Natasha enjoyed sharing her son’s photos on social media. However, the internet audience’s reaction was not what she anticipated. Due to the distinctive appearance caused by Pfeiffer syndrome, people insisted that she take down the photos, leaving hurtful comments and disparaging questions. Natasha, however, remained resilient against the negativity.
Raedyn’s unique appearance is a result of Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting the skull, face, and limbs. Natasha believes that people should show more empathy when discussing her child. In addition to encountering mean comments on social media, she faces rude questions from people in person. Natasha expressed her frustration, stating, “That’s not how you talk to a human being.”
Despite facing pressure to stop sharing her son’s photos on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, Natasha persists. She receives numerous comments urging her to cease posting pictures of Raedyn, with some mistakenly assuming that his condition negatively impacts his quality of life. However, Natasha remains resolute, asserting that her son leads a normal life like any other child and that his appearance doesn’t diminish his worth as a person.
The criticism stems from a lack of awareness about Raedyn’s condition. People assume he faces challenges in life solely based on his appearance, blaming Natasha for allowing him to live in such a manner. Undeterred by the negative comments, Natasha defends her son but finds it exhausting to repeatedly explain his condition. She emphasizes Raedyn’s right to life and acceptance, vowing to advocate for him tirelessly.
Natasha has a message for the world, urging people not to judge or pity children with special needs simply because they look different. She emphasizes that her life with Raedyn is normal and happy despite his rare genetic condition. The bond between mother and son remains strong, with Raedyn’s condition posing no obstacle. Natasha aims to raise awareness and hopes for a better understanding that having a child with special needs doesn’t completely alter one’s life.
In response to widespread hateful comments, Natasha posted a powerful video showcasing her determination. The video, viewed over 5 million times, features Natasha defiantly asking, “Who’s going to stop me?” as she turns Raedyn’s chair toward the camera. This serves as a powerful response to those who advised her not to show her son’s face on social media, aiming to curb bullying against him and other children facing similar challenges.
In a subsequent video in October 2023, Natasha candidly shared her experience of parenting a child with special needs. She acknowledged the constant struggles in obtaining necessary supplies, equipment, education, insurance, and healthcare for her son. Despite the challenges, Natasha expressed her unwavering commitment to advocating for her child.
Upon learning about Natasha’s challenges, netizens flooded the comments section with messages of support. People praised Raedyn’s beautiful smile and condemned the cruelty of those who targeted him. The online community rallied around Natasha, emphasizing the uniqueness and value of every child, despite their differences.
@risewithraedyn I will NOT stop 😊 #stopbullying #spreadawareness #educateyourself #craniofacialdifference #acceptance #inclusion #pfieffersyndrome #differentisbeautiful #morealikethandifferent #craniofacialawareness ♬ all the things she said slowed – xxtristanxo