What would you do if you had a child that looked radically different from others? Would you be ashamed to let others know about his or her existence? Well, what if you were that child? In Hong Kong, a woman named Mui Thomas is a 22-year-old person that has no unusual features, other than having a hereditary skin disease called ichthyosis graves. This meant that Mui Thomas had her skin growing faster about ten times than the normal rate. A lot of people who have this disease immediately die during childhood, but Mui Thomas had survived.
Mui Thomas has always cried and been hurt because of her physical appearance, aside from the fact that she is very prone to infections.
When Mui Thomas was born, two people who came from Germany paid her several visits at the hospital, but sadly, she was sent to a home dedicated for people who are mentally disabled. Tina and Roger Tomas from Germany did not want to see Mui at that home.
The couple decided to adopt and take care of Mui.
Mui has since grown to be a positive thinking person. She is very grateful to have a very caring family, even though it's not rare for some people to talk balk at her out of panic or simple curiosity. To counter the response, she simply smiles and waves to them.
Back when she was in school, she was bullied to no end. A boy was actually so terrified at the sight of Mui that the school banned Mui from going to certain areas at school. Sadly, even a woman once spat at Roger's lovely wife as the woman accused Mui of actually burning Mui, which is far from the truth.
Now, Mui teaches children who have difficulty in learning things at the Hong Kong district of Wan Chai. Aside from this, she has since become a rugby arbitrator to keep physically fit, and the sport has become her greatest hobby, especially since at the field, she can't just be bullied easily.
For Mui, she wants the world to know that whatever people look like, they should be free to pursue their goals and live without discrimination. After all, they are still people. Moreover, the Hong Kong Rugby Union has provided Mui with the Arbitrator Praise for proving that a skin disease can impede one from winning in life and overcoming struggles.