Kate Ritchie and Radio Team Slammed For Making Fun of Genetically Impaired Baby
A Victorian mother with a daughter who suffers from a rare genetic disorder has publicly criticised Kate Ritchie and her Nova 100 radio team for making fun of a baby born with the same disorder as her own.
Vanessa Whitelaw took to Facebook expressing her disgust that a baby would be degraded in a such an insensitive way by Kate and her co-stars Tim and Marty on their evening radio program on the 14th of October.
The upset mother writes:
I am appalled at you Kate Richie as someone I have followed since my childhood, who is also a mother, that you could make such disgraceful comments about our babies. ‘ a comedy act ‘ you say , HOW DARE YOU !!!!
Did you know my daughter was also born with her bowel outside of her body because it was also too large ??? She is far from a f$73ing comedy act !!!!!
My daughter along with Paisley that you giggle about, has overcome more adversity and shown more courage in her life than all three of you put together !!
Not only have you offended myself and my fellow BWS families you have displayed your lack of journalistic talent in actually investigating the story and the Syndrome, in making uninformed comments and uneducated guesses about BWS.
It interests me that had this conversation been regarding children with Downs Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, I’m sure you would not be giggling throughout your podcast due to fear of repercussions due to your discriminatory and hurtful attitudes.
And as for Tim and Marty I could believe it would come out of your uneducated, uninformed mouths and hope to God your parents are feeling very ashamed at the way they have raised you especially given your in the public eye.
While Nova have since removed the podcast and issued a copy/paste apology to the family, it is believed that they are referring to the recent corrective surgery undergone by US infant Paisley who was born with an adult sized tongue. An overgrowth is one of the common traits of the genetic disorder, which affects 1 in 13,700 babies.
Kate and her team were heard to giggle and make fun of the baby’s deformation live to air last Friday but have since expressed regret at their insensitive and ignorant discussion via an email response from the Head of Programs at Nova.
Vanessa Whitelaw’s Facebook post has garnered support from many other parents, as well as ones with children suffering from the genetic condition around the world.
She certainly makes a fine point – would they be making fun of a baby with Down’s Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy? How is this any different?
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