An upset mum has told of her shock when another mother and her two sons laughed at her disabled daughter at the supermarket.
Bethan Germon was in a Tesco shop in Wales when she saw two young boys start to point at her daughter Lydia and laugh.
While she didn't feel that it was unusual for children to respond this way, she was horrified when their mother joined in and laughed at her daughter who has an incurable brain condition.
Lydia was born with Dandy Walker syndrome. Source: Just Giving
“They [the children] were pointing and giggling uncontrollably, usually when this happens, they cling onto their mum or dads as they are not sure how to deal with a child like Lydia, generally the behaviour of the parent is to get angry and tell them off," Ms Germon told Wales Online.
“The mum asked them quite loudly what they were laughing at, when they pointed over at Lydia she laughed with them.”
Ms Germon said she was "shocked" and thought that what she heard was wrong but her mother also heard it.
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The 30-year-old mother said she didn't say anything because she didn't want it to turn into an argument.
"I didn't want to upset Lydia or my eldest daughter Caitlin," she said.
Bethan Germon said she was shocked at the mother's reaction. Source: Facebook
Lydia was born with Dandy Walker syndrome which causes an endless build-up of fluid to the brain.
She has also suffered from meningitis and sepsis with the damage to her brain leaving her with cerebral palsy.
Not only does Ms Germon say she deals with situations like these regularly, she also cops online abuse with people telling her she should have had an abortion and that she should "let her child die".
Ms Germon said she regularly cops abuse from people about Lydia. Source: Facebook
“Sometimes we respond sometimes we don’t,” Ms Germon said.
“Whenever we are in a supermarket people think it’s okay to make rude comments, one woman looked into her pram before and said that Lydia was disgusting.”
Ms Germon said she hopes her story will create awareness about the lack of education around children with disabilities.
“I want all mums to feel proud of their babies and feel confident to go shopping with them, without fear," she said.