The mum of a little girl born with half an arm was told to “cover it up” by a parent at soft play.
Little Gracie Morgan, 2, was happily playing when a little boy started to stare at her small left arm.
Gracie’s mum Sarah, 32, moved her to a different area when she heard the little boy say he was scared.
But the boy’s mother then came over and said Gracie’s arm should not be “so obvious because it was scaring other children”.
The two-year-old girl had been wearing a short-sleeved dress at the soft play centre in West Wales.
“Gracie was happily playing when a little boy started to take an interest in her small arm,” mum-of-four Sarah said.
“This happens a lot and I’m not very comfortable with people staring but children are curious and that’s okay.
“But then the little boy started to say he was scared so I took Gracie and moved her to play with her brothers in a different part of the playground.
“That’s when the boy’s mother came over. She said I shouldn’t make Gracie’s arm so obvious because it was scaring the children.
“I was so angry I just gathered up the kids and left. I didn’t trust myself to respond.”
Sarah said it was not the first time she has had cruel comments made about Gracie in public.
“I’ve started to dread going to play groups and soft play because of the negative attention,” she said.
“One time an older boy was circling Gracie and pointing and laughing while his parents just looked on.
“People don’t know what to say. I don’t know if they feel awkward but it’s cruel to allow that bullying and it’s the parents I blame not the kids.”
Gracie, from Llwynhendy, lives with mum Sarah, dad Gareth Morgan, 37, and her brothers – nine-year-old Cai, five-year-old Codi and three-year-old Alfie.
She was diagnosed with having a limb difference during the 20-week anomaly scan in October 2016.
Sarah is now calling for people to think about Gracie’s feelings before making mean comments.
“At the moment Grace is young and doesn’t understand. Nothing stops her and I want her to always be that way,” the mother said.
“She’ll hold a crisp packet between her feet and use her right hand to eat, or she puts a yoghurt under her little stump and has the spoon in her right hand.
“She overcomes everything that I might have considered a challenge before.
“To us she is absolutely perfect in every way.”
Gracie’s family are fundraising to have a bionic prosthetic arm made so she can continue to live as independently as possible as she gets older.