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Mum whose albino son was turned into a meme reveals she had to personally message people begging them to take it down


WHEN a picture of her baby boy spread over the internet, mum-of-four Patricia Williams was shocked.

The image of her white-haired 21-month-old son Rockwell, who is albino, was turned into a meme with the caption “when she get pregnant by her sugar daddy”.

Patricia Williams was left shocked when her baby son became the subject of a meme

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Patricia Williams was left shocked when her baby son became the subject of a memeCredit: MDWfeatures / Patricia Williams

She told Metro that, along with her similarly-upset husband Dale, they personally-messaged people asking them to take the photo down.

However, they soon realised it was spreading online too fast – and decided to use the attention it attracted to raise awareness of albinism, which is where people are born without pigment in their skin and hair.

The couple also have another son, seven-year-old Redd, who provided their first introduction to the condition.

“When Redd was born, he came out with a full head of white hair and beautiful blue eyes,” explains Patricia of the moment she first met him in August 2012.

Little boy Rockwell has albinism - and the mum-of-four wants to raise awareness of the condition

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Little boy Rockwell has albinism – and the mum-of-four wants to raise awareness of the conditionCredit: MDWfeatures / Cameron Jordan
She initially personally messaged people asking them to take down the picture, but it was spreading around the internet too quickly

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She initially personally messaged people asking them to take down the picture, but it was spreading around the internet too quicklyCredit: MDWfeatures / Patricia Williams

What is albinism?

Albinism is an inherited genetic condition where people are born without any kind of pigment in their body.

Their body is unable to produce melanin (which gives you colour), and can affect the skin, eyes and hair.

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This causes those who are born an albino to have very pale skin, eyes and hair, and the condition can affect all races.

There are two main kinds of albinism, which are oculocutaneous albinism and ocular albinism.

Albinism affects around one person in every 20,000.

Patricia – who also has two non-albino boys with Dale – explained that she and her husband were both born with blonde hair, as was their eldest son Gage, so she didn’t think anything of it.

Then, within the first month, she noticed how Redd’s hair would “sparkle” in the sunshine, his eyes were always “tracking back and forth”, and his blue eyes would “sometimes flash red” in particular lights.

She initially thought it was because he was a newborn and these were things he would “grow out of”.

Rockwell is her and husband Dale's second son with albinism

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Rockwell is her and husband Dale’s second son with albinismCredit: MDWfeatures / Britni Peterson
Seven-year-old Redd also has albinism

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Seven-year-old Redd also has albinismCredit: MDWfeatures / Brandi Welles
She noticed, when he was born in 2012, that he had hair the "sparkled" in the sunshine

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She noticed, when he was born in 2012, that he had hair the “sparkled” in the sunshineCredit: MDWfeatures / Brandi Welles

“When we confirmed that our son had albinism, I was initially shocked and did a lot of crying,” recalled Patricia.

“I worried about my son’s future and how he would be treated.”

A genetics specialist and optometrist diagnosed Redd with oculocutaneous albinism type one (OCA1), nystagmus (an involuntary movement of the eyes), and strabismus (cross eyes), and he was certified legally blind.

When he started school he was often stared at or teased.

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His blue eyes also sometimes flashed red

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His blue eyes also sometimes flashed redCredit: MDWfeatures / Blink Inc
Redd is registered as legally blind

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Redd is registered as legally blindCredit: MDWfeatures / Patricia Williams

As such, Patricia and Dale want to raise awareness of albinism, and stop those with the condition – like sons Redd and Rockwell – being bullied.

She also revealed that once her son’s picture went viral, and she gained Instagram followers, people were asking her loads of questions.

The couple also have two other non-albino children

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The couple also have two other non-albino childrenCredit: MDWfeatures / Cameron Jordan
They want to raise awareness of condition to prevent people, their sons, being bullied

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They want to raise awareness of condition to prevent people, their sons, being bulliedCredit: MDWfeatures / Cameron Jordan

For example, the mum explains that people with albinism are “just like everyone else” and usually have blue eyes due to lack of pigment – not red.

She adds that another misconception is they have mental disabilities, but this has nothing to do with albinism.

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