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Quaden Bayles begged strangers to stop staring at him before video of him saying he wanted to die

Quaden Bayles begged strangers to stop staring at him in the street years before he became a household name when heartbreaking video of the youngster threatening to kill himself went viral.

Back in February, the nine-year-old from Queensland won hearts globally after a video of him crying and threatening to end his own life circulated the internet.

His mother livestreamed his outburst to her Facebook page, urging people in her community to be kinder after he was mercilessly bullied at school for his dwarfism. 

Footage shown on ABC’s Australian Story on Monday night illustrated how Quaden realised he was different to his peers when he was a young boy, and began noticing that strangers would stare at him in the street.

Quaden led the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto the field during their February 2020 match after his video went viral

Quaden led the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto the field during their February 2020 match after his video went viral

Quaden led the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto the field during their February 2020 match after his video went viral

'Stop looking at me,' he said again and again as his mother pushed the trolley

'Stop looking at me,' he said again and again as his mother pushed the trolley

‘Stop looking at me,’ he said again and again as his mother pushed the trolley

While sitting in a trolley in a shopping mall in one incident, he begged people to stop looking at him. 

‘Stop looking at me,’ he said again and again as his mother pushed the trolley. 

‘I don’t like when they record me and they don’t care. And when I’m even eating lunch, they will record me,’ Quaden explained to Australian Story. 

The youngster seemed less distressed and more frustrated in the footage, and his sister admitted it was a regular occurrence for the family.

‘It’s rude the way people look at him, maybe even take out their phones and start recording him.’ 

His family became victims of horrific online trolling and widespread hate when they were accused of lying and playing on his condition to dupe the public out of money.

Others claimed Quaden must have been ‘coached’ into saying he wanted to kill himself, arguing that he was too young to know exactly what suicide even meant.

But his mother, Yarraka, told ABC that it was a privilege if suicide and tragedy wasn’t part of another persons’ reality.

She said Quaden understood and knew what suicide was by the age of six.

‘People say ”how can a six-year-old even know what suicide is?”,’ she said. 

Quaden, pictured with his sister Guyala Bayles, has always struggled with strangers staring at him in public

Quaden, pictured with his sister Guyala Bayles, has always struggled with strangers staring at him in public

Quaden, pictured with his sister Guyala Bayles, has always struggled with strangers staring at him in public

One of Quaden's heroes, former NRL star Jonathan Thurston, made an effort to get to know the nine-year-old after watching his distressing video

One of Quaden's heroes, former NRL star Jonathan Thurston, made an effort to get to know the nine-year-old after watching his distressing video

One of Quaden’s heroes, former NRL star Jonathan Thurston, made an effort to get to know the nine-year-old after watching his distressing video

‘But we’ve been to so many funerals in our family, for our family members who have taken their lives.

‘He has been exposed to that. As Aboriginal people, that is our reality.’ 

In the heartbreaking footage, Quaden sobbed as he asked his mother to ‘give me a rope, I want to kill myself.’

‘I just want to stab myself in the heart… I want someone to kill me.’

Quaden also scratched at his neck and said: ‘I want to die… I want to scratch myself’.

Yarraka shared the video publicly on Facebook in a bid to raise awareness about the impact of bullying.

The mother-of-three detailed how Quaden was diagnosed with achondroplasia when he was just three days old, but she struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis.

Achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism and is caused by a genetic mutation.

Quaden Bayles, an Aboriginal Australian from the Wirri nation of central Queensland, poses for a portrait on April 13, 2020 in Brisbane wearing a traditional corroboree dress specially made for him by family members

Quaden Bayles, an Aboriginal Australian from the Wirri nation of central Queensland, poses for a portrait on April 13, 2020 in Brisbane wearing a traditional corroboree dress specially made for him by family members

Quaden Bayles, an Aboriginal Australian from the Wirri nation of central Queensland, poses for a portrait on April 13, 2020 in Brisbane wearing a traditional corroboree dress specially made for him by family members

Pictured: Quaden posing with the ball at the Indigenous All Stars match

Pictured: Quaden posing with the ball at the Indigenous All Stars match

Quaden Bayles runs onto the field before the NRL match between the Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis

Quaden Bayles runs onto the field before the NRL match between the Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis

Quaden was invited to lead the Indigenous All Stars NRL team onto the field

‘I was telling myself that the doctors had gotten his diagnosis wrong. And I just couldn’t accept it. He looked perfect to me and he still does,’ she said.

Her then-partner, Quaden’s father, handled the diagnosis differently, and the couple struggled to find a happy medium in discussing and coping with their new reality.

‘I think the fear of the unknown was definitely my biggest issue. No-one was allowed to say or repeat his diagnosis. I didn’t want anyone talking about it in front of me. I didn’t want anyone asking. So I just shut down,’ she said.

When Quaden was two-and-a-half, the couple separated. 

Eventually, Yarraka and Quaden were put in touch with other local families who were in the same position as them, and discovered a support network.

She was reminded that people with dwarfism could lead fulfilled and exciting lives, and has encouraged Quaden to always reach for the stars.

During his short life, Yarraka has been by Quaden's side as he received treatment for physical problems associated with his dwarfism

During his short life, Yarraka has been by Quaden's side as he received treatment for physical problems associated with his dwarfism

During his short life, Yarraka has been by Quaden’s side as he received treatment for physical problems associated with his dwarfism

He is scheduled to feature in George Miller’s next movie Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and hopes to become a TikTok sensation. 

During his short life, Yarraka has been by Quaden’s side as he received treatment for physical problems associated with his dwarfism.

He’s required surgery for a compressed spine and he also requires a special machine to help him sleep otherwise he goes into respiratory failure.

Last month, Quaden underwent his 11th operation in just nine years.

He was admitted to Queensland Children’s Hospital to remove eight of his teeth because his mouth was overcrowded.

Yarraka took to Facebook and shared an X-ray of Quaden’s mouth to let his followers know about the surgery.

‘Quaden just went under anaesthetic, needing 8 more teeth out, 7 years after he had 7 teeth out due to overcrowding as you can see from his most recent X-ray,’ she wrote.

A GoFundMe page set up in Quaden's honour to send him to Disneyland raised more than $700,000 after the public learned of his struggles

A GoFundMe page set up in Quaden's honour to send him to Disneyland raised more than $700,000 after the public learned of his struggles

A GoFundMe page set up in Quaden’s honour to send him to Disneyland raised more than $700,000 after the public learned of his struggles

Pictured: Quaden holding up an artwork he made that represents his Indigenous heritage

Pictured: Quaden holding up an artwork he made that represents his Indigenous heritage

Pictured: Quaden holding up an artwork he made that represents his Indigenous heritage

‘We all know he’s got a big mouth but just not big enough for all these teeth trying to come through bless him.’

Yarraka later shared an adorable photo of Quaden with his feet up and looking relaxed as he recovers from surgery.

‘Recovering like a champ and ready to go home today YAY!’ the post was captioned. 

A GoFundMe page set up in Quaden’s honour to send him to Disneyland raised more than $700,000 after the public learned of his struggles.

But after the family was cruelly trolled, Yarraka made the decision to instead donate the funds to help raise further awareness about bullying and to create a safe space for children like Quaden.

On Monday night, they revealed a small sum of money had been put away into a trust for when Quaden was older. 

On Monday night, his family revealed a small sum of money had been put away into a trust for when Quaden was older

On Monday night, his family revealed a small sum of money had been put away into a trust for when Quaden was older

On Monday night, his family revealed a small sum of money had been put away into a trust for when Quaden was older

Source: Daily Mail AU

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