Support sends Grayson Walker's story viral online

Grayson Walker
Grayson Walker

(WMC-TV) - The fight for Grayson Walker is going viral online.

His mother, Heather Walker, posted photos of his birth defects on Facebook only to be temporarily banned from the social network.

Facebook apologized and now people across the globe are rallying around the Walker family.

The emails are still coming into the Action News 5 newsroom with comments about how this story has affected our viewers. Grayson's mom says she's been overwhelmed with support.

A family's celebration of life for their son Grayson Walker, who lived just eight hours, reached thousands around the world.

Grayson was born with Anencephaly, a fatal neural tube birth defect.

Three months after his birth, his mother Heather said she was inspired to post Grayson's photo to Facebook to show his beauty in spite of his deformities.

But the photo was removed by Facebook after reports that it violated the social network's policy.

Walker was placed on a temporary ban by Facebook, igniting a fire storm of supporters.

Calling themselves #TeamGrayson, people from as far as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands began reposting Grayson's photos in protest. That show of support prompted the billion dollar company to extend an apology to the Walkers.

"Upon investigation, we concluded the photo does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience," Facebook said in a written statement.

Since their story went viral, the Walker's YouTube tribute has surpassed 50,000 views. The stories posted to WMCTV.COM saw nearly half a million views, and a benefit for Grayson has been established to help other families coping with Anencephaly.

Heather accepted Facebook's apology and said she is now at peace.

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