‘Next time bring a wheelchair!’ Motorist leaves cruel note on mother’s car saying her seriously ill girl, 2, ‘doesn’t look very disabled’ in Blue Badge parking row
- Rachael Hanley, 22, found the handwritten note on her Renault Scenic when she parked at Meadowhall shopping centre, in Sheffield
- She has a blue badge for disabled motorists because her daughter Evie-Mae, 2, has a serious breathing condition
- The motorist said she would report her for misuse of the disabled blue badge
- Ms Hanley, a mother-of-two, said they have the blue badge because her young daughter has apnea of infancy
- Condition means the toddler can suddenly stop breathing and she needs quick access to oxygen, which they keep in the car
- Evie-Mae has life-threatening seizures and has spent a great deal of her young life in hospital
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A mum of a seriously ill toddler today told of her fury after a motorist left a cruel note on her car saying her daughter ‘doesn’t look disabled’ in Blue Badge parking row.
Rachael Hanley, 22, found the handwritten note on the windscreen of her Renault Scenic saying that next time she should bring her daughter’s wheelchair.
She had parked in a disabled bay at Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre on a day out with daughter Evie-May, two, who has a life-threatening breathing condition.
The mother-of-two said she had a row with a female shopper about parking in a disabled bay when she arrived at the shopping centre.
She then returned to her car two hours later to find the note, which read: ‘I have reported you for miss using a blue badge. Your daughter did not look or appear disabled.
‘Hope your car is clamped. Next time bring a wheelchair.’
Rachael Hanley, a young mother, has told how an angry motorist left a note on her windscreen to complain about her using a blue badge given to her disabled daughter Evie-Mae (pictured)
Evie-May (pictured), two, has a serious condition called apnea of infancy, which means she can stop breathing for long periods which results in her having seizures and going to hospital
A motorist left this note on Ms Hanley’s Renault Scenic when she parked in a disabled bay at Meadow shopping centre saying they were reporting her for misuse of the blue badge
Speaking to MailOnline, Rachael, from Rotherham, said Evie-Mae has a life-threatening condition called apnea of infancy, which means she can stop breathing for long periods at least once a week.
She said: ‘The woman saw me park and because Evie-Mae looks ok, she said, ‘you can’t park there unless you are disabled’. She got quite aggressive.
‘Evie-Mae is quite forward and is aware of people’s feelings. She asked why was I crying, and ‘why is that woman shouting at you?’
‘How do you explain to a two-year-old what’s going on?’
Ms Hanley said when she got back to find the note, to make matters worse, her daughter then had a seizure and began vomiting.
She said: ‘Evie-Mae had a full-body shaking seizure. I put her in the recovery position and made sure her airways are not blocked.
‘After her fit, I put her into her car seat and then realised what was on the windscreen.’
The toddler’s condition means she suddenly stops breathing and has seizures, often brought on by tiredness, and needs quick access to oxygen.
Ms Hanley, 22, a stay-at-home mother, said she was left upset when the female motorist confronted her about parking in a disabled bay at the shopping centre
Evie Mae’s mum said her young daughter’s disease means they have to carry with them in the car oxygen equipment in case she suddenly stops breathing, which happens once a week
Evie-Mae, who has a younger sister, has been in and out of hospital all of her young life. She suffers seizures, triggered by tiredness, that can be brought on spontaneously
Ms Hanley had parked at the shopping centre with her two children during a shopping trip to buy Evie-Mae some new shoes and a hot chocolate.
She said: ‘The reason we have the blue badge is because we have to carry portable oxygen at all times and the equipment is quite bulky.
‘I think the woman misunderstood Evie-Mae looks healthy. She looks fine until she suddenly starts having a fit when she urgently needs CPR.
‘She can be having a great day, but then end up in A&E an hour later. She can become critical really quickly.
‘Some disabilities aren’t always visible. Some people are old-fashioned and would expect Evie-Mae to be in a wheelchair if we have a Blue Badge on the car.
‘That’s what upsets me the most, we have been through so much as a family and have had to save her life at times, which has been scary.’
The mother, who also has a ten-month-old son called Kye Pinkney, initially took to Facebook to vent her anger.
Ms Hanley, Evie-Mae’s mother, told MailOnline: She said: ‘The reason we have the blue badge is because we have to carry portable oxygen at all times and the equipment can be quite bulky’
The mum-of-two took to Facebook after receiving this handwritten note to vent her anger that another motorist had gone out of her way to question the validity of her blue badge
Evie-Mae, who turns three in February, was diagnosed with apnea of infancy when she was six months old.
She has been given CPR, including chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth six times. She has one seizure a week and the family was given a Blue Badge two years ago.
Infant apnea is defined as ‘an unexplained episode of cessation of breathing for 20 seconds or longer, or a shorter respiratory pause associated with bradycardia, cyanosis, pallor, and hypotonia.
Government guidelines state parents of children under three years old can apply for the badge if the child needs to have available the bulky medical equipment.
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