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