Support pours in for mother temporarily banned from Facebook

The Walker family
The Walker family

(WMC-TV) - Mid-South mother Heather Walker used Facebook to share what happened to her son, who was born with a fatal birth defect and lived just eight hours.

Facebook tried to shut her page down, but Walker's story has gone viral, and people from as far away as the United Kingdom are stepping up in support.

The Walkers' son, Grayson, was born with anencephaly, a fatal neural tube birth defect.

After he died, the Walkers thought they could inspire others by sharing what happened on Facebook, but they ran into a problem that now has the social media giant apologizing and people around the globe speaking out.

Three months after Grayson died, Heather Walker said she wanted to post his picture to Facebook to show his beauty in spite of his deformities.

Facebook later removed the photo after reports that it violated the social network's policy.

Facebook put Heather Walker on a temporary ban, kick-starting a wave of support.

A group calling themselves "Team Grayson" began reposting the photo in support around the world, prompting Facebook to apologize to the Walkers.

The Walkers' YouTube tribute now has more than 50,000 views.

Heather Walker said she has accepted Facebook's apology and is ready to move on.

A benefit for Grayson has been established to help other families coping with the fatal birth defect.

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