Cruel trolls attack poorly Hull boy Freddie Selby, 5
THE mother of a little boy with a rare, incurable heart condition says the pair have become the target of cruel jibes about his size.
Kirsty Selby was devastated when, four years ago, doctors gave her son Freddie just six months to live.
The plight of Freddie, now five, has left heart specialists at Leeds General Infirmary baffled – but his size has not escaped the notice of cruel internet trolls.
One woman, commenting on a national newspaper’s website, even accused Kirsty of not caring about her son.
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Kirsty, 40, who lives with Freddie and daughter Amelia, 11, in west Hull, said: “I swear some people think I sit him down on the sofa and shove chocolate bars into his mouth all day, which just isn’t true.
“Freddie’s favourite foods are cucumber and oranges.”
Kirsty says she has taken Freddie, along with a diary of what he eats, to four dieticians, who all say he is consuming the right amount of calories for his age.
However, they recommend Freddie undertakes more daily exercise, which is proving tricky.
“Freddie enjoys bombing around the place and riding his bike, like any other child,” said Kirsty.
“But you have to remember he has a serious heart condition.
“Freddie will do exercise, but not to the same extent as other children.”
Kirsty says she often has to put up with cruel comments about her son’s weight.
She said: “Unfortunately, because there are so few cases, the doctors can not come out and say the weight gain is due to his heart condition.
“We did an article for a Sunday newspaper and some of the comments left on their website were very upsetting.
“Someone even said, ‘If this boy’s mother was that bothered, she’d feed him less food’.
“It is upsetting, but we have more important things to worry about than someone typing things on their computer.
“I have Freddie and that makes me happy.”
Freddie, who is currently off school with chicken pox, is in his second year at Stepney Primary in Beverley Road, Hull.
Freddie was born with pulmonary stenosis – or narrowing of the heart valves. His sister Amelia was born with the same condition and had a life-saving operation at the age of three.
However, doctors have said Freddie’s condition is inoperable.
Kirsty has been told her son could collapse and die without any warning.
Freddie recently visited Hull Royal Infirmary for a check-up.
Kirsty said: “The specialist we saw was very matter-of-fact and just told us that Freddie’s heart is continuing to cope, which is all we can hope for.”
Freddie said the majority of comments from readers of the Mail regarding Freddie are positive.