The family of a five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy have detailed the hate and abuse he receives online every day.
Appearing on Tuesday’s This Morning, Christian’s sister Jade Kilduff, from Heywood, Greater Manchester, and his mother Diana, 37, said that they have received more than 100 hurtful comments in just the last few days.
Christian and Jade appeared in last year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent, as part of the Sign Along With Us choir who were runners up.
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Appearing on Tuesday’s This Morning, Christian’s sister Jade Kilduff, from Heywood, Greater Manchester, and his mother Diana (pictured left with her family), 37, said that they have received more than 100 hurtful comments in the last few days
They said that while they have been getting more supporters, they have also had more trolls and ‘awful comments’ directed at Christian, including disability slurs.
Diana said that the things she has read are things ‘that a parent should never have to read’, including that Christian ‘should have been aborted’.
The family have posted a video online, urging people to be kind after the cruel comments, which they said haven’t stopped despite receiving more support.
Christian appeared at the end of the segment of the ITV daytime show, signing ‘Be Kind’ for viewers.
Christian and Jade appeared in last year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent, as part of the Sign Along With Us choir who were runners up (pictured)
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Diana said: ‘We wanted to read some of those people who wrote those comments and talk about the damage that comments could do. They might just think it’s a bit of fun.’
Jade added: ‘It can take them ten seconds to write a comment and they might feel powerful and “oh, look at me, I’m so funny” for maybe ten seconds but that could then play on the person who they have hated on’s mind for ten hours, ten years or even the last ten seconds of their life.’
Christian’s family were told he would never be able to speak or communicate after he ‘didn’t take his first breath for 24 minutes’.
Jade and Christian started a choir made up of 37 children and 28 adults, appearing on Britain’s Got Talent and thrilling the judges so much that David Walliams pressed his golden buzzer for the act, the very first one of the series.
Jade said: ‘I’d heard about sign language being used for people who couldn’t talk and couldn’t communicate as well as people who were deaf.
‘So when I found out I thought I have to try it with him. And he would just smile and laugh and he would love it every time I did it with him.’
She added: ‘I was actually signing with him every day for a year and a half before he actually signed back.’
His first word was ‘finished’ after eating a yoghurt. Jade said that his yoghurt was finished and he signed it back.
Jade said: ‘I was like was that a coincidence. I was crying.’
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (pictured top, left to right), Diana said: ‘We wanted to read some of those people who wrote those comments and talk about the damage that comments could do’
But it became clear it wasn’t a coincidence when Christian’s parents came in and he signed it again. A week later he had two more signs and it grew from there.
Last May, Jade appeared on Good Morning Britain and said: ‘Christian came to us as my foster brother because my parents were foster careers.
‘He was actually stillborn and he didn’t take his first breath for 24 minutes, which led to him having a brain injury.
‘He’s got cerebral palsy, he’s registered blind, he has a big long list of medical conditions. But we just saw the potential this amazing little boy had’.
She added: ‘We were told he would never be able to talk and would be in a wheelchair for life. We didn’t want to accept this and I started doing sign language with him – it literally unlocked his life and now he’s the amazing little boy he is today.’