November 13, 2017 13:07 GMT by mirror.co.uk

Parents of inspiring boy with facial deformity reveal passers-by would lean in pram and call him ugly

Parents of inspiring boy with facial deformity reveal passers-by would lean in pram and call him ugly

Leeland Wicks suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, which is the subject of a Hollywood movie starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts

The parents of an inspiring boy with a facial deformity have revealed that passers-by would call him ugly as a baby.

This Morning viewers were disgusted when Andy and Samantha Wicks said people on the street would stare at their son and make horrid comments while peering into his pram.

Leeland Wicks suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, which is the subject of a new Hollywood movie starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts.

The youngster, who was born with microtia of the left ear, hair lip, a soft palate, and no middle ear canal on his left hand side, is subjected to cruel taunts at the hands of school bullies

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Leeland Wicks has Treacher Collins syndrome and was subjected to cruel abuse from passers-by as a baby
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His parents revealed people would peer into the pram and call their son 'ugly'

Dad Andy, who also has Treacher Collins but no facial deformity, said: "Walking down the street people used to stare."

Samantha added: "And say how ugly he was."

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were shocked that people could be that cruel, with the parents confirming that passers-by would make the awful remarks while leaning into the pram.

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Phil and Holly were shocked at the 'incredibly thick' people that called Leeland names

Phil said: "People are thick, what an extraordinary thing to do."

Andy, who was also bullied at school, continued: "To me it didn't bother me, it went over my head. Sam struggled with it and took it to heart."

The parents revealed that Leeland doesn't want to go to school on some days, with the youngster revealing it "made him sad".

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Leeland's dad Andy has the same condition

They are hoping that Hollywood film Wonder, based on the New York Times bestseller, will raise awareness for their son's condition.

Leeland has started to read the book but was left upset as he could strongly relate to the story.

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

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Mum Samantha struggles to deal with the cruel taunts made towards her son

This Morning viewers took to Twitter to blast the disgusting name callers.

One viewer said: "All I see is a boy....nothing else. If people have to abuse him because of how he looks it just proves how ignorant they are. They must lead incredibly miserable lives #ThisMorning"

Another added: "People utterly disgust me. Imagine leaning in to a pram & calling the baby led there ugly. I'd lose my shit if I witnessed that. #ThisMorning"

A third said: "As a mother or even before I would NEVER have looked into a pram and called a baby ugly! What is wrong with the world! #ThisMorning"

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