The mother of a terminally ill little boy has hit back at the ‘cowards’ who left an abusive note on her car.
Emma Doherty had parked in a disabled bay when she took her three-year-old son Bobby to Alder Hey Children’s hospital, in Liverpool, on August 14.
But the 31-year-old was stunned when she returned to her vehicle and found a note on it calling her a ‘lazy conning bitch’.
The angry bystander had apparently seen Ms Doherty carry Bobby, who usually uses a wheelchair, into the hospital because she was running late.
‘You lazy conning bitch,’ the furious note read.
‘You did not have a disabled person with you! These spaces are reserved for people who need them!’
Little Bobby Baldwin was born with three holes in his heart and has undergone multiple serious heart operations in his very short life.
His condition means he has no pulmonary arteries so blood cannot pump round his body and he struggles to walk long distances.
‘We were visiting the hospital as usual. When we found the note, I couldn’t believe it,’ Ms Doherty, from Wigan, Lancashire, said.
‘We have a blue badge in the car and it even has Bobby’s picture so they must have seen it.
‘It’s such a cowardly thing to do. They must have seen the badge and still decided to put the note on.
‘Not all disabilities are visible. Bobby’s disabled pass is not a con, he is seriously ill.’
The youngster has had more than 15 operations since he was a baby, including three open heart surgeries, two stomach, lung and diaphragm surgeries and artery stenting operations.
Ms Doherty, who takes her son to the hospital multiple times a week, said she often encounters staring as the pair leave the car but no one has ever left a note before.
‘Bobby can walk short distances but he can’t walk very far at all so I park closer,’ she said.
‘He would never be able to get round ASDA or anywhere large. People often look at us funny as we leave the car but this is the first time someone has actually left anything.
‘Everyone needs to stop and think before acting, I hardly ever let anything upset me but this did.’
Ms Doherty decided to share the aggressive note on social media to highlight the upset such actions can cause.
She has since become overwhelmed by the amount of responses it has triggered – many by people who have experienced the similar incidents.
‘My inbox is full of people who have told me they have been stared at or even spat at,’ Ms Doherty said.
‘This is a serious problem and I just want it to change. I am hoping by sharing what I went through people will start to think before acting.’