A South Carolina mother has used her Facebook account to tell the story of a Walmart shopper who voiced disgust at her young son's medical condition.
Dallas Lynn was shopping with her 3-year-old son, Jameus, who was wearing colostomy bags because his colon was not fully formed, reports the Daily Mail.
His condition is known as Hirschsprung's disease, which is described by the Mayo Clinic website as "a condition that affects the large intestine (colon) and causes problems with passing stool. The condition is present at birth (congenital) as a result of missing nerve cells in the muscles of the baby's colon. ... Surgery to bypass or remove the diseased part of the colon is the treatment."
The site goes on to explain that "it may be necessary to attach the remaining colon to the outside of the body in a procedure called colostomy. Creating a hole (stoma) in the abdominal wall allows waste to leave the body. A colostomy bag attaches to the stoma to collect the waste."
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In the case of Jameus, the offended shopper noticed his bags and shared her unflattering opinion about them. The incident happened in 2016, but has recently gone viral after Lynn re-shared it.
As she explained, she usually placed onesie under his shirt to keep the bags in place and stop him from tugging at them, but didn't do so that day. When she picked up Jameus to hold him, his shirt rode up, revealing the bags hidden underneath.
Lynn described the other shopper's reaction:
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There was an older woman in line behind me who caught a glimpse and shrieked a little before she said to me, "Why in the world would you let someone do that to him?"
I turned around speechless and just looked at her before she continued and asked why he had them. I gave her the short version and basically said, "His colon didn't finish forming so he needed them."
She then goes, "Well I am sorry but I just think that is so 'repulsing', can you please keep his shirt down?"
At this point I just wanted to shake this woman and scream, "What is wrong with you?!" But instead, I told her to have a good night and went to another line.
So now I'm sharing this picture, because there is nothing repulsive about my son. Stomas and ostomies seem to be a taboo, when in reality, over 500,000 Americans have one. My sons disease may be rare, but his stomas are not.
Lynn's post has been liked over 69,000 times, and over 17,000 people have left comments.