A five year old Aboriginal boy Quaden Bayles, who was born with achondroplasia, which is the most common form of dwarfism, has found a best friend, and a support in his best mate in Buddy. Buddy is a shih tzu who also has dwarfism.
Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, told BuzzFeed News: “My son has been the victim of cruel taunts by strangers on the street because of his condition and has also been the target of online abuse.”
Yarraka said the bullying led to Quaden being so ashamed of his condition. He did not allow his family members to say the word “dwarfism” in front of him. But everything changed once they got Buddy!
“This has lifted his confidence so much and he is not ashamed to tell people ‘Buddy’s got dwarfism like me’,” she said. “Before we couldn’t even mention the word dwarfism; now Quaden is so proud to tell everyone about himself and Buddy having the same thing.”