'Batya deserves life': Parents hit back at online trolls who labeled their baby girl a 'creature' and 'monster'
Batya has an enlarged head and bulging eyes because of a rare disease, but the online world was way too harsh to the 11-month-old baby
Parents of a baby girl with facial disfigurements have hit back at online trolls who viciously branded their almost one-year-old baby a "monster" and said she should be "killed".
Naffi and Racheli Goldman, of Manchester, have revealed their heartbreak at comments left by strangers after they posted pictures of their daughter Batya on Facebook. Batya was born with a rare condition that left her with a malformed skull and a twisted spine, leaving her deaf, blind, and unable to breathe on her own.
A 3D scan in Tel Aviv, Israel, during the pregnancy revealed the health issues of the unborn child. The doctors told the parents that Batya was "not compatible with life."
At that time, Racheli was seven months pregnant and despite given the option to abort, the parents refused. "We were told to abort straight away and the doctors knew she would be born with a serious medical condition. They weren't sure what, but they knew Batya would be seriously disabled. We were told she wouldn't make it through birth and if she did, would die in infancy," Naffi told Daily Mail, adding "they said caring for her would make our lives unbearable. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear and our world came crashing down. But we will look after the gift we have been given."
The couple had tried two years for pregnancy to happen and today, they affirm they don't regret bringing their little girl into the world and are now raising £500,000 to pay for her care costs.
Jewelry dealer Naffi said about the trolls "When we saw the comments on our photographs we were horrified. We didn't think people like this existed."
"What people were saying was dreadful. People said they have never seen such an ugly child. They said our child is a creature. One person said what we are doing is abuse and someone told us she looks like some kind of monster. People said 'why bring a creature into this world, you should have killed her'. It broke our hearts."
Naffi admitted that it was initially difficult to look at Batya. "She had an enlarged head and her eyes were bulging. I could see straight away that her spine wasn't straight. She was frightening to look at. It was scary for us. We knew straight away that the future was going to be very, very hard for us."
This month, mother Racheli, shared photos of her baby on social media and received messages like "do you think keeping this creature alive is the right thing to do?"
Batya was born on January 3 and she was immediately rushed to intensive care as she suffered respiratory failure during infancy and is now kept alive by a ventilator. Both Naffi and Racheli have had to give up their jobs and spent 24/7 — in alternate shifts — caring for their daughter. Batya requires 80 procedures a day that keep her alive — including round-the-clock medication and feeding via a tube.