Two-year-old Sofya Zakharova was born with a deformed skull and her parents, Svetlana and Rasul, were instructed to have their daughter undergo surgery before applying at a nursery school, reports Richard Hartley-Parkinson of the U.K.’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. The mother was told, “First, you need to arrange an operation to she can go to nursery school like an ordinary child.” Operations for Sofya have been delayed and experts warned that her development will be affected if she doesn’t “mix with other children.”
The family, who lives in the village of Alatany in Russia’s federal region of Bashkortostan, “have battled” for their daughter whose “fingers and toes are fused together.” The little girl's conditions are currently unknown. The couple lives with their parents in a house without water or proper heating, as the stove is broken and the gas “has been disconnected.”
|Sofiya's mother, Svetlana / Photo by: CEN (via Metro)|
Local charity Rainbow of Goddess lent a helping hand to the family, however, Sofya’s nursery school “refused to back down.” According to Sergei Mikhailov, Sofya’s grandfather, “They have such a catastrophe here. They said they would do the operation, but then were silent about this.” Sadly, the two-year-old doesn’t even receive disability benefits.
Educational psychologist Ekaterina Belan explains that as soon as Sofya “gets the experience of interactions, the easier it will be for her to cope” with the surroundings she lived and grew up in. Moreover, it will also be easier for Sofya to “accept herself for who she is” the more she interacts with other people.
|Two-year-old Sofya Zakharova and her mother / Photo by: CEN (via Metro)|
Prosecutors are presently investigating why doctors have not performed the operation on the girl and the nursery’s refusal to accept her. Radiy Khabirov, the head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, states, “It’s already clear that the rights of the child and parents are violated, and there will now be an appropriate legal assessment.”