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Old 02-01-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Zara Hartshorn has been robbed of her childhood. Her mom took her out of school because the bullying was so bad. A bus driver laughed in her face recently when she tried to pay the child's fare. Strangers stare and point in the street. Kids call her "grandma," "monkey" and "baggy face."

Zara Hartshorn: British Teen Looks Like a Grandma, a Medical Mystery - ABC News
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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That is sad. I saw her on the news today. She DOES look very old in the face - it's hard to fathom.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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I actually don't think she looks that bad. She still has normal features, and she's basically a pretty girl.... burn victims and people with worse genetic deformities have it much harder. What I can't believe is how the people in her town don't know about her condition.. you would think they would rally around and protect her, much like how the neighbors did with Abby & Brittany Hensel (the conjoined twins in the US). But at least she has a loving family. However, the new reality of how people get bullied into surgery these days,, I do find disturbing... although if it makes her feel better then it's understandable... although she's going to have to learn that it won't make her life perfect and she's going to have to develop a more 'i don't care what they think, i'm gonna live my life' attitude- to deal with the bullies. It almost seems like her mother (due to her own guilt) has infected her with a 'poor me' attitude instead of a 'can do' attitude. Too bad.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Bon Temps
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Yes I saw that too, it is such a shame.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Way to many people judge a book by it's cover.
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