A little girl of 2 years was banned from a nursery school in Russia because her “deformed skull could frighten other children.”
The little girl, Sofya Zakharova was born with a deformed skull and her parents were told she should get surgery before applying for a place in a nursery.
Operations for Sofya have been delayed and experts have warned that unless she mixes with other children her development will be affected.
Asides her deformed skull, Sofya’s fingers and toes are also fused together. It is not currently known what condition the little girl has.
Narrating how Sofya was discriminated against by schools, the mother said she was told: “First, you need to arrange an operation so she can go to nursery school like an ordinary child.
Her grandfather Sergei Mikhailov said:
“They have such a catastrophe here. They said they would do the operation, but then were silent about this.”
Educational psychologist Ekaterina Belan said:
“The sooner she gets the experience of interactions, the easier it will be for her to cope with the conditions in which she lives and grows. The more interactions she gets, the easier it will be for her to accept herself for who she is.”