Mother responds to passenger who wanted her disabled child to 'shut up'

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Sometimes, children are not at their best on plane rides -- and there's nothing you can do but wait it out. That's exactly what happened to Nicola Colenso and her 8-year-old daughter, Yasmin.

Yasmin suffers from Sturge-Weber Syndrome, which affects the brain, skin and eyes. Some people with the syndrome suffer from seizures; Colenso's daughter does.

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Here are Colenso and Yasmin on a previous flight:

On this particular trip, Yasmin wasn't feeling well and was having what Colenso called a "meltdown." A fellow passenger proceeded to tell her family to "shut that child up."

Colenso took to Facebook to respond to the woman, saying: "We are sorry our daughter stopped you from getting your beauty sleep," she wrote, "but clearly she was having a meltdown and was not feeling 100%."

Colenso and her husband explained her daughter's condition and apologized, but the woman continued to act rude. Not only did she tell the family to shut Yasmin up because she was "sick of the noise," but she cursed at Colenso's husband.

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In this Aug. 7, 2015 photo, New Zealander Jenn Hooper holds her daughter Charley, 10, in Bali, Indonesia. As their girl's body grew bigger, her parents feared her world would grow smaller - how would they lift her or get her out of the house? So Jenn and Mark Hooper came up with a radical solution. They gave their daughter hormones to stop her growth. Charley is now around 1.3 meters tall (4 feet 3 inches) and 24 kilograms (53 pounds), and will remain so for the rest of her life. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this Aug. 7, 2015 photo, New Zealander Jenn Hooper, background, plays with her baby son, Cody, and daughter, Charley, in Bali, Indonesia. Jenn sees people gain perspective just by meeting Charley. She sees other disabled children benefit from the support wrap she designed for Charley. She sees women helped by the advocacy group she launched to improve maternity care after Charleyâs botched birth. "Life isn't about being successful, it's about being significant. And she's certainly significant," Jenn says. "So many others aren't, because they're never seen. We make sure she is." (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this Aug. 7, 2015 photo, Jenn Hooper holds her daughter Charley in Bali, Indonesia. Jenn has spent years searching Charley's eyes for some flicker of recognition. A few times, they have locked gazes for a fraction of a second _ a precious connection, but one Jenn doubts her daughter noticed. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this June 29, 2015 photo, New Zealander Charley Hooper lies on a sun lounger in Bali, Indonesia. The Hoopers' fight to get her the hormone treatment known as growth attenuation was grueling. Although an increasing number of parents across the U.S., Europe and New Zealand consider it a medical miracle, others see the very idea of stunting and sterilizing the disabled as a violation of human rights. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this Aug. 12, 2015 photo, Jenn, left, and Mark Hooper sit for a photo with their three children, from left, Cody, Zak and Charley in Bali, Indonesia. Mark quit his job as an architectural draftsman to help Jenn with the kids. They get by on a government-funded insurance program that supports at-home caregivers, and sales of a torso support wrap Jenn designed for disabled children. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this June 29, 2015 photo, New Zealander Charley Hooper has her fingernails painted in Bali, Indonesia. Though Mark and Jenn don't believe she has any concept of her mortality, they try not to talk about it in front of her, out of respect. "We don't expect her to live forever. We don't want her to live forever. Who wants this life forever?" Jenn says. "So we give her the best life we can while we've got her." (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this June 29, 2015 photo, New Zealander Mark Hooper, center, plays with his daughter, Charley, and son Zak, right, as his youngest son Cody, left, is carried by a nanny in Bali, Indonesia. The Hoopers' fight to get her the hormone treatment known as growth attenuation was grueling. Although an increasing number of parents across the U.S., Europe and New Zealand consider it a medical miracle, others see the very idea of stunting and sterilizing the disabled as a violation of human rights. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this June 29, 2015, photo, New Zealander Mark Hooper carries his daughter Charley in Bali, Indonesia. Due to her disability, the Hoopers' decided to give Charley, now 10 years old, a hormone treatment to stop her growth which is considered as a medical miracle by increasing number of parents across the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. Others, on the other hand, see that the very idea of stunting and sterilizing the disabled as a violation of human rights. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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All of this unfolded in front of Yasmin and Colenso's three other children.

Unfortunately, Yasmin had to be taken to the hospital that night. Colenso ended her post by saying, "I hope social media helps for this post to find you to let you know that same little 8 year old girl ended up being taken to hospital by ambulance that evening ... "

Colenso and Yasmin's story quickly went viral, garnering over 100,000 shares on Facebook.

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