A Langley blogger says she is outraged and heartbroken, after a photograph of her daughter with down syndrome was used to promote pre-natal genetic screening.
Christie Hoos writes in a blog post that Swiss bio-medical company Genoma made her daughter the poster child for a prenatal testing kit called Tranquility without her permission.
She says her daughter’s photo was on the front page of the company website and on a building-sized banner in Spain, “as if she were a cautionary tale: don’t let this happen to you.”
The company obtained the picture from a free stock photo website, where it was published without the family’s permission.
Ten-year-old Rebecca is also undergoing cancer treatment.
“When I saw with my own eyes her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart,” the mother wrote. “While my girl courageously fights for her life, this company questions whether she has a life worth living.”
Hoos says Genoma has since removed the picture from its website and indicated a desire to apologize.
The Down Syndrome page of the image bank website has been completely removed.
Hoos says she is consulting lawyers to see if they can pursue legal action for copyright infringement.
She writes: “They insulted and abused my innocent child in their pursuit of profit. They broke faith with common human decency. And the world is watching.”