By SHAUNA ANDERSON
Take a moment and look at this photo.
What do you see?
The downy hair of a tiny baby. The soft creamy skin of a newborn. His long lashes. His perfect nose.
Do you have that primal urge to reach for his tiny hand and feel his determined grip around your finger?
Do you feel the love of a family behind him desperate for him to get better? Does your heart break at the tubes and bandages?
Or do you feel offended? Is it “scary, gory, or sensational”?
Does it “evoke a negative response?”
Is there any part of this image that you could compare to an accident, car crash, or a dead and dismembered body?
Is there any possible way it could be deemed “too graphic.”?
You’d have to be kidding, right?
But someone, somewhere at Facebook saw that. Someone, somewhere WAS offended. (Or perhaps they just didn’t really bother to look…)
And someone, somewhere took the disgraceful action of letting the family of this precious baby know. Makes you shudder, doesn’t it?
Hudson Bond is a desperately sick baby. His family anxiously waits for a heart donor for him.
He was born on July 18th and a week later his mum and dad found out he needed a heart transplant. Their lives were understandably shattered.
Hudson’s father, Kevin Bond from North Carolina in the US, set up a fundraising page and a Facebook site to help him raise the money to pay US$75,000 for Hudson’s life saving medical expenses.
Last week he decided to try and gain extra attention for his Facebook page by buying a $20 “boosted post”.
He used a photo of his son with tubes taped to his mouth and nose while wrapped in an elephant blanket and surrounded by stuffed toys.
He never expected this response.
His post was rejected. Banned. Deemed offensive.
On his Facebook page Kevin wrote: “Facebook thinks my Son is offensive. In an effort to get the word out about Hudson I occasionally pay a small amount to boost posts here on Hudson’s Heart. Yesterday Facebook refused my $20.00 boost.“