Bullied boy with rare condition finds a friend


Daily Mail: A bullied Oklahoma boy with two different colored eyes and a cleft lip has found a pet who extraordinarily shares the exact same rare conditions he has. 

Madden Humphreys, seven, is bullied at school for his cleft lip and unique two-toned eyes - one blue and one green.

Madden has a condition called heterochromia iridum which makes each eye a different color, a unique quality shared by David Bowie, Mila Kunis and Keifer Sutherland.

Despite the bullying, Madden has found comfort in his new pet cat Moon who his family says he was 'destined to be best friends with' as they share not only the cleft lip in common, but the same colored eyes as well.

Madden's differences caused him to be bullied by his peers, leaving him feeling isolated.


He no longer felt alone when Moon came into his life on Monday as the perfect companion who shares a cleft lip and the same left blue eye and right green eye.

Heterochromia iridum affects less than one per cent of the population, according to Madden's mother Christina Humphreys.  

She says cleft lips affect an even smaller percentage of people.  

Speaking to Love What Matters, she revealed her family immediately adopted the cat after seeing the creature in need of a family online.

'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,' she said to Love What Matters.

'Not only does he have a cleft lip like our seven-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,' she added.

Her family trekked from their hometown in Oklahoma to Minnesota on Monday to adopt the kitten and bring Madden's furry companion home.

'We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty. Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other,' she said. 

Madden has found a special comfort in the pet despite the bullying he faces at school.

'In a world full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it’s safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden’s journey,' she said.


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