Madden, a 7-year-old boy born with different eye colors and cleft lips adopted a cat similar to his unique appearances in Oklahoma.
Madden’s condition is technically known as heterochromia iridum, where eye colors are different from each other. The 7-year-old has been constantly bullied by his fellow mates at school over his rare condition.
The constant bullying left Madden heartbroken. However, now he has found a small furry friend that has the same condition which makes him feel all the more good about himself.
His mother, Christina Humphrey, shared her story on Love What Matters where she explained how they came across the adopted cat with appearance similar to Madden’s.
She wrote, “Last week, a friend posted an image of the cat in our cleft moms group. This kitty was taken in by a rescue group in Minnesota. We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family. Not only does he have a cleft lip like our 7-year-old son Madden, he also has complete heterochromia iridum, like Madden. They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone.”
Humphrey wrote on the website that the kitten, Moon, and Madden were meant to be together as ‘they are the perfect companions for each other.’
Heterochromia iridum is a rare condition in which the iris have different colors. The complete Heterochromia iridum is when the eyes have completely different colors. Only 1% of the population have this rare condition. Moreover, the cleft lips is very rare.
Madden has already under-gone six surgeries and there are many more to come.
According to Madden’s mom, some friends helped the family with funds to go on a road trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota to bring Moon home. She also said that it was so amazing the kitten was really far away from us but we were able to bring her for Madden.
She added, “I had no intention of our family getting attention from this at all, but if anything does get attention, I truly hope it benefits kids with cleft lips, if only to raise awareness.”
Previously, Madden’s story went viral on social media, when he uploaded an anti-bullying video after being bullied in his school bus.
His mom said, “There were a few kids saying really ugly, mean things to him. It really broke his spirit and he had a rough year.”
According to Ms. Madden the kitten has helped Madden to cherish his uniqueness.
Talking to the website she said, “Moon helps Madden realise that being born unique is an incredible thing, that he is magic.”
After Humphreys posted information on the new Instagram account of the duo’s companionship, people were quick to show their love for the two handsome pals.
Despite the cruel attitude towards Madden’s appearance, Christina stated that she only wants her boys to grow up to be good people and have healthy mindsets.