Mom with dwarfism sends a powerful message to bullied nine-year-old Quaden Bayles
Earlier this week, an Australian mother posted a heartbreaking video of Quaden, her nine-year-old son with dwarfism, saying he wants to "kill himself" after being "constantly bullied".
The heartbreaking Facebook video has since sparked an outpouring of love online and has been inundated with thousands of supportive comments.You can watch the full video below (warning: some viewers may find it upsetting):
Moved by the emotional video, one American mother with dwarfism has sent a heartfelt message to nine-year-old Quaden.
Per MailOnline, Marina Lopez Ortiz said on social media that the young boy's distress had broken her heart "into a million pieces".
She added: "Quaden, I don't know you personally young man but you are very loved. There are mean people in this world, and I wish I could tell you it's going to stop with a snap of a finger but unfortunately I can't."
Ortiz continued: "What I can tell you is you need to be strong, everyone may not like you but guess what? You don't need them. Those who mind, don't matter. And those who matter, don't mind."
Ortiz then described the boy as "one of a kind for a reason".
She added: "Mean people are mad people that wish they could be as great and loved as you. Your mama, family and so many others are so proud of you. It's tough, it's not easy but you're not alone. You are one of a kind for a reason. Different is unique, and you should be proud."
Another of the many people who have reached out to Quaden is actor Hugh Jackman. Taking to Twitter, Jackman shared a video to his 14.1 million followers, writing: "Quaden - you’ve got a friend in me."
In the video, Jackman tells Quaden: "Quaden, you are stronger than you know mate, and no matter what, you've got a friend in me. So, everyone lets please be kind to each other - bullying is not OK."
PLEASE, if you or anybody you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out to somebody or contact one of the mental health charities below:
CALM: www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
Heads Together: www.headstogether.org.uk
Mind: www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
Papyrus: www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org, 116 123
If you are a non-UK resident, please find a list of mental health charities HERE.