Sophia Weaver Biography
Sophia Weaver A disabled girl from North Carolina who was viciously attacked by online trolls over her appearance has died aged 10.
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Sophia Weaver died of complications related to the brain disorder Rett syndrome on Thursday, with her death announced by her mother Natalie.
The little girl was at the center of a social media storm in January when an individual used her image on Twitter in a poster promoting abortion.
In a Tweet on Friday, Natalie said: ‘Our #SweetSophia left this earth last night as she spent every day of her life, surrounded by love & adoration. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to sophias-voice.com.
‘I’ve spent 10 years fighting fiercely for her’ | Sophia Weaver, now in hospice, is experiencing a whole new world of firsts https://t.co/Jr2WNUpHRM via @WCNC
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‘Once we pull ourselves from this shattering pain we will continue to help others in her memory.’
Despite being hugely dependent on her family because of her disabilities, Sophia was the “strongest human being I know,” Natalie said of her daughter in a YouTube video in January.
The Cornelius, North Carolina, mom was aghast at peoples’ reactions to her daughter’s appearance.
Natalie Weaver has always been an advocate for her daughter Sophia who was born with deformities on her face, hands, and feet. The Weavers said once they “pull themselves from this heart-shattering pain,” they will continue to help others in her memory. https://t.co/z1C5NP7ryh
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“I couldn’t believe the amount of hate and ignorance that was out there,” says Natalie. “I would have to muster up so much strength just to go to the grocery store only to be brought back down again because someone else did something mean or stared and whispered or completely avoided us.”
In 2017, a photo of Sophia was used in a Twitter post to encourage abortions for disabled children. Natalie was horrified.
“There are people who go out of their way to make sure you see their cruelty,” Natalie told CNN. “I get people telling me to kill my child, to put her out of her misery.”
We are often told that as disabled people we hold no value. Little Sophia Weaver did so much in her short life as a teacher – it is rare that any individual has as much reach or impact as she did.
Hope the support from those who valued her will help her family in the days ahead. https://t.co/FRBaYygzW2
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Today, she identifies as an advocate for children like Sophia and runs an organization called Sophia’s Voice in her honor.
“When you see true beauty and you realize there’s value in every single human being no matter what their ability, it can change the world.”
Rett Syndrome mostly affects girls and is typically found between the age of 1-2.
Symptoms include slowed brain growth, a decline of social and language skills, trouble breathing, problems walking and using hands.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- A disabled girl from North Carolina who was viciously attacked by online trolls over her appearance has died aged 10
- Sophia Weaver died of complications from the brain disorder Rett Syndrome
- In February, her family placed her in hospice care after having multiple surgeries
- Her mother Natalie called for more stringent Twitter rules after Sophia’s image was using on a poster promoting abortion