Sophia Weaver, North Carolina girl with rare brain disorder and facial deformities who suffered vile online trolling about her appearance, died on Thursday May 23, due to brain disorder Rett syndrome.
Rett Syndrome mostly affects girls and is typically found between the age of 1-2.Symptoms include slowed brain growth, decline of social and language skills, trouble breathing, problems walking and using hands.
Her mother, Natalie Weaver, an activist for people with disabilities, shared the news on social media on Friday.
“Our Sweet Sophia left this earth last night as she spent every day of her life, surrounded by love & adoration,” she wrote. “Once we pull ourselves together from this heart shattering pain we will continue to help others in her memory.”
The little girl, who had been living in a hospice after undergoing 20 surgeries, was at the center of a social media storm in January when an individual used her image on Twitter in a poster promoting abortion.
The user wrote, “It is okay to think that every child matters, however a lot of them do not hence the amnio test. (It) should be a mandatory test and if it proves negative and the woman does not want to abort then all bills accrued after that is on her and the father.”
Eventually, after persistent battling from Natalie, Twitter apologised to her and the person who posted the nasty message was suspended.