Seven-year-old Madden Humphreys of Oklahoma was born with two rare conditions — a bilateral cleft lip and complete Heterochromia iridum, or different-colored eyes. And he hasn't had it easy. One cat that looks exactly like him changed his life forever.
Madden previously went viral for his anti-bullying video that his mom, Christina Humphreys, inspired him to make after he was bullied on the school bus.
Meet Madden. Madden is an Owasso seven year old who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. To date, he has undergone a total of six surgeries, and has many more to go. Madden is usually spunky, outgoing, friendly, kind, and fun! Unfortunately, he had a bully on the school bus this year that started affecting how he felt about himself. When his parents found out, they worked to help change his perception on bullies. Now that he’s back to his normal spunky self, he’s eager for everyone to know that he’s special. He wants to remind the world that being a “poophead” to someone really isn’t cool, as he shows you in his video……. Then, if you feel like it, share his message with others.Posted by Owassoisms on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Now, about 10 months later, Madden has a new best friend who helps him feel less alone
Madden's mom told LoveWhatMatters that one of her friends had posted an image of a cat with eyes just like Madden's — one hazel and one blue — in a cleft moms group. The kitty was at a Minnesota rescue group. But this cat didn't just have the same rare eye condition. He was born with a cleft lip, just like Madden. "We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family," Humphreys told LoveWhatMatters. "We knew they were destined to be best friends."
Friends and strangers alike helped fund a road trip "so that we could adopt this sweet fur baby," Madden's mom posted on Facebook.
"We're usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty," she told LoveWhatMatters. "Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other. In a world full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it's safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden's journey."
The family didn't expect this story to go viral, but Madden and Moon have received national attention.
"It started out as fun for the family and friends who knew Madden's story, but if it can raise awareness for clefts, and maybe even spread a bit of kindness and positivity, we think that's a good thing," she told Fox News.
You can follow Madden's and Moon's adventures on Instagram by following @maddenandmoon.
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