Logan Webb, who’s just one year old, has Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes liver damage and bile to be absorbed by the body.
One effect of this is Logan’s skin having a yellow tinge, which has led to cruel trolls comparing him to a Minion.
His parents Gemma Channing, 25, and Lloyd Webb, 27, say they’re reluctant to take their child out in public as a result of mean comments.
Gemma, from Devon, said: ‘I always have people asking me what’s wrong with him and that I should take him to hospital because he has jaundice.
‘We get lots of people saying negative things such as asking why he looks like a Minion and that he looks like Shrek or the Grinch.
‘Every time we go out as a family there’s a constant reminder about Logan’s condition.
‘We can’t just leave the house and have a normal day out, we have to be stopped and reminded by someone about how poorly he is.’
Logan’s condition means that his liver doesn’t function properly and is unable to process bile in his body, meaning it is absorbed into his skin.
Along with a yellow hue, this causes burning and itching.
As a result of his heart and liver defects, Logan can’t absorb food properly and he is the size of a six-month-old despite being a toddler.
The condition also means that Logan’s vertebra is misshapen and he is in constant pain and discomfort.
His parents have to give Logan a daily dose of ten different medications and say they spend most of their lives in hospital.
But Logan’s smile inspires the couple to keep going.
‘He touches the heart of everyone he meets,’ said Gemma. ‘He’s so happy and he’s got such a lovely, little character.
‘He’s always shouting and giggling, he takes it all in his stride and he loves life.’
But cruel comments from adults have meant sweet Logan is scared of strangers and his parents are under constant stress.
‘He’s phobic of people and that puts a lot of strain on the family,’ Gemma explains.
‘He can be really yellow sometimes.
‘When we were in Sainsbury’s with Logan doing a quick food shop and minding our own business.
‘We got into the car and were about to drive off when a woman started banging on the window.
‘Rather than asking us about Logan she had called a paramedic who happened to be in the car park to assess Logan.
‘She then proceeded to tell us that we should take Logan to the hospital as he was clearly unwell.
‘We tried to explain to her that he is being cared for and has a complex condition.
‘She just stood there and said it if was her son she’d take him to hospital.
‘The paramedic understood what we were saying but it was so embarrassing.
‘We have horrible comments and questions whenever we leave the house.
‘Sometimes it just breaks your heart.’
Logan’s parents are currently raising £2,000 on GoFundMe to pay for him to travel to California to see an Alagille syndrome specialist.
It is hoped he can have open-heart surgery before he goes onto the list for a liver transplant.
You can donate through GoFundMe.
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