Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 21 September |
The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle
home iconInspiring Stories
line break icon

5-year-old shares her joy for life despite her physical challenges

LOLA'S LIFE WITH APERT SYNDROME

Special Books by Special Kids | Facebook | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 08/05/20

Born with Apert syndrome, little Lola wants to be seen as a person of dignity and worth, as she shares in this heartwarming account.

Lola is a 5-year old girl full of energy, ambition, and love. She also happens to have an infectious laugh and a joie de vivre that captures who she really is. However, behind her wonderful personality is a little girl who’s had to endure countless operations, and worse still, the pain of being insulted simply for her appearance.

In a moving video, Lola’s Life With Apert Syndrome, the friendly interviewer, Chris, documents the effect Lola’s rare congenital disorder has had on her and her mom. It’s a moving report that is full of love and positivity, and a message that needs to be shared.


PARENTING

Read more:
Is it possible to raise children with both kindness and firmness?

Lola was born with Apert syndrome, which includes malformations of the skull, face, hands, and feet whereby abnormality in bone growth during fetal development drastically effects bone structure. While some surgery can be successful to help a child use their hands or relieve pressure on the skull, the physical differences are significant.

Despite the pain Lola has had to endure from her multiple surgeries, her mom shared that harder still has been the reaction to her daughter by others. People view her as her disorder, and don’t see the busy little girl behind the bright smile.

It’s obviously hard to see the pain felt by her mom, but Lola’s own explanation for how living with Apert’s has affected her is equally heartbreaking.

For a little girl made happy simply by flowers, it’s very hard to not be seen as “normal.” She repeatedly shares how she felt when one child asked why her hands are weird. She explains, as well as a 5-year-old can, “that’s not nice.” She says earnestly to the reporter: “How would you feel if somebody said why you weird.”

Thankfully Lola has been given confidence in God to face her physical differences. She states clearly and most correctly: “God made me this way. I’m beautiful and wonderfully made.”

It’s a fantastic message worth sharing, especially with your own kids, to help bring home the point that Lola is just as much a young girl as any other — full of love, laughter, and dreams. (She hopes to have a career in the police force so she can blow her whistle!)


ABDUL MUNEEB

Read more:
This unusual act of kindness will surely lift your spirits

Tags:
ChildrenDisabilities

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
3
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
4
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
5
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
6
Visalia CHURCH
J-P Mauro
The largest Catholic parish church in the US will soon be in Cali...
7
CHAPEL OUR LADY MIRACULOUS MEDAL
Zelda Caldwell
A pilgrimage to Paris’ Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.