It will take more than being born without arms to stop little Sophi Green from achieving great things.
And, like many other 7-year-old girls, one of her favourite things is dancing.
‘I like dancing because it makes me happy,’ says Sophi. ‘The hardest thing for me to do is keep my balance.’
Sophi is one of 10 siblings – seven of whom are adopted and also have disabilities. Their parents, Christianne and Jeremy Green, adopted Sophi from China, when she was just 2.
‘She had these beautiful big eyes, and they just seemed to be calling out for someone to come and get her,’ recalls Christianne. At the same time, they also adopted Sophi’s older sister, Lexi, who is blind. ‘They do everything together. One is the arms and one is the eyes,’ says Christianne.
Sophi compensates for not having arms by using her feet as hands, learning to eat, write, brush her hair and do just about everything else a 7-year-old can do. Currently, she has no wish to have prosthetic arms as she wouldn’t have any control over them and they would be purely superficial.
Although she will face new challenges as she grows older, her mum has few worries about how well Sophi will cope. ‘She has so much personality, perseverance, spirit, I don’t think not having arms will hold her back from doing anything,’ says Christianne.
And Sophi agrees: ‘Don’t let anyone stop you from doing something you really love to do,’ she says. Just watch her dancing and you’ll see that she means what she says!