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Pennsylvanian terminally ill boy’s mum shamed at the mall

The mother of a terminally ill son was left heartbroken after finding a nasty note left on her car window shaming her for parking in a handicap parking spot. 

Nancy Coyne took two boys, including her blind terminally ill seven-year-old son Garrett, for an annual visit with Santa Claus at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania.

‘The mall is great. The Santa is wonderful. He sits down and really talks to the children,’ she shared of the experience to WTXF. 

But when she returned to her car in the disabled parking area, the trip quickly turned emotional and sour.  

 

Nancy Coyne took her blind seven-year-old son Garrett (above together), who suffers from a rare neurological disease, for an annual visit to see Santa Claus at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania

But when she returned to her car in the disabled parking area, the trip quickly turned emotional and sour. Nancy was shocked  to find a message written in red lipstick on her car window that read, 'UR Not Handicap' (above)

But when she returned to her car in the disabled parking area, the trip quickly turned emotional and sour. Nancy was shocked to find a message written in red lipstick on her car window that read, ‘UR Not Handicap’ (above)

Of the incident, she said: ‘I can’t believe someone could be so obnoxious and ignorant and rude about a situation that I struggle with daily’. She is pictured in a family photo left and right with Garrett

Nancy was shocked and stunned to find a message written in red lipstick on her car window that read, ‘UR Not Handicap’. 

‘I can’t believe someone could be so obnoxious and ignorant and rude about a situation that I struggle with daily,’ she told WTXF.

Garrett, who suffers from Batten disease, has already gone blind as a result of the condition and is losing his motor skills. The disease usually causes childhood death. 

‘There is no cure. There is no treatment,’ Nancy tearfully explained. 

‘Trying to make memories for my family then this happened.’  

Garrett, who suffers from Batten disease, has already gone blind as a result of the condition and is losing his motor skills. The disease usually causes childhood death

Garrett, who suffers from Batten disease, has already gone blind as a result of the condition and is losing his motor skills. The disease usually causes childhood death

Nancy tearfully said: 'There is no cure. There is no treatment. Trying to make memories for my family then this happened. It just made me really question society to be honest. Like OK, I guess people don't understand. People don't care.'

Nancy tearfully said: ‘There is no cure. There is no treatment. Trying to make memories for my family then this happened. It just made me really question society to be honest. Like OK, I guess people don’t understand. People don’t care.’

The family can’t understand why someone would do something so offensive when their car was parked in a disabled space with a legal disabled parking placard on display.

WHAT IS BATTEN DISEASE?

Batten disease is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood. Early symptoms of this disorder usually appear between the ages of 5 and 10 years, when parents or physicians may notice a previously normal child has begun to develop vision problems or seizures. 

In some cases the early signs are subtle, taking the form of personality and behavior changes, slow learning, clumsiness, or stumbling. 

Over time, affected children suffer cognitive impairment, worsening seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills. Eventually, children with Batten disease become blind, bedridden, and demented. Batten disease is often fatal by the late teens or twenties. 

Source: NIH 

‘It just made me really question society to be honest. Like OK, I guess people don’t understand. People don’t care,’ Nancy said.

Nancy and her husband, Joe, say the anger and frustration they felt has turned to sadness for the person who did this. 

‘I just want the person to realize what they did was wrong and to learn from it and not to it again,’ Joe said.

A spokesperson for King of Prussia Mall said they are working with the Upper Merion police to investigate the incident, WTXF reported.  

‘I just want the person to realize what they did was wrong and to learn from it and not to it again,’ dad, Joe Coyne, said.

A spokesperson for King of Prussia Mall says they are just as offended this happened. 

They are helping the Upper Merion police with their investigation.

The couple created a foundation in their son’s name to help other families cope with the deadly disease.  



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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