The parents of the two-year-old Sofya Zakharova from Russia have been told that their child cannot start nursery school because of her disability. The mother has since said that she was told that Sofya’s deformed skull would scare other children, and they were even advised to get surgery to improve her appearance.
The nursery basically said that the little girl should have the surgery first before her parents could apply again.
The operation, though, has been delayed, and experts have been warning that the little girl’s development will be slowed down if she doesn’t get the chance to interact with other children socially.
Educational psychologist Ekaterina Belan told local media that the sooner Sofya gets the experience of interactions, the easier it will be for her to cope with the conditions in which she lives and grows.
The girl was rejected for a nursery school in a village in Russia. Her mother, Svetlana Gizatullina, was allegedly told that the girl’s fingers and toes that were fused together and her deformed skull might scare the other children. The mother and her husband live with their parents, but have no gas to cook nor water to wash with.
Local charity took the case on, but the school still refused to back down, and they said that the parents must first arrange an operation so she can later go to nursery school like an ordinary child.
Prosecutors have since been investigating who made the decision and why hasn’t the operation been performed yet.
According to the head of the state, officials had visited the family hoping to find them an apartment so that they don’t have to spend the winter in a cold house.