Thursday, March 20, 2014

North Carolina boy bullied for liking My Little Pony making progress after suicide attempt

By Brody Levesque | CHARLOTTE -- The 11-year-old North Carolina boy who attempted suicide after family members said was repeatedly bullied at school and called gay because he was a fan of the children’s television cartoon “My Little Pony,” is making good progress.
Michael Morones who was tragically left in a coma last month when he tried to take his own life, is in a Charlotte hospital and according to family members, his brain is still very slowly starting to function again. The family was left wondering if he might wake up, and even if he did, whether he would retain his sight and movement.
His parents said this week via the website set-up to help the family defray the ongoing medical expenses and support that he no longer needs IV medications or sedation, and while he is currently restricted to a specialised mechanical wheelchair, he continues to make great progress. 
“We won’t know for months how much is going to heal,” his mother said last month in an interview. “It could even be years before we find out what potential for healing he has.”
The online My Little Pony fan community gathered together and donated money to help pay his medical bills via a “Michael Morones Recovery Fund” on, while Facebook users changed their profile pictures to show the pony Pinkie in solidarity. A campaign called Art for Michael also saw people sending in art in support of the Morones family, and the voice actors from the show sent him recorded messages of support.
Recently the parents shared a small video of them working on his recovery: