Posted November 18, 2019 06:06:54An Australian mum is shocked by a video of her family’s family celebrating their son’s birthday with a nasty slap on the back.
The family, who live in the Sunshine Coast, say they were in the process of making an omelette when their son, Josh, was knocked over by a group of people at the intersection of the Highway 101 and M1.
“I was walking out of the shop and we saw all these people and I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said.
Josh was knocked to the ground by a woman who then hit him in the head with a plastic bag and then threw him onto the street.
“I didn’t know what to do so I just looked at the people,” he added.
“They just said something to me like ‘you’re a loser’ and just slammed my head down.”
It was just horrible.
“The video, posted on Facebook by a friend of the family, shows Josh and his sister sitting on the curb with the door open while a man in a red hoodie, shorts and trainers looks on.
Josh’s brother, who lives in Melbourne, said his family was shocked to hear the video had gone viral.”
When we saw it, we just got really upset,” he told news.com.au.”
My brother said ‘I’m just happy my brother is ok’.
“I’m pretty sure the woman who filmed it had her phone out.”
Josh is a six-year-old who is battling leukemia.
Josh’s mother, Marjorie, said she had been trying to get help from the local cancer support group, but was turned away.
“We’re hoping we can get someone to come and see Josh at the hospital,” she said.
“But it’s really tough and we’re trying to make sure he gets the best care possible.”
Josh was initially taken to the local hospital but then had to be transferred to the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, where he was transferred to a unit in a specialised unit, where they have seen thousands of children with similar cases.
“There’s so many kids that have similar conditions that we’re hoping that they get the best treatment that we can,” Ms Marjory said.
The video has been shared more than 5,000 times.
Josh has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and the family are hoping to raise money to fund the surgery and treatment.
“Our son is going to need a few months of chemo to get him back to full health,” Marjories sister, Melissa, said.
Melissa said she was in shock.
“All we want is to be able to come home,” she added.