'Real-life Thumbelina' Sophia is four years old – but she's the size of a doll

By Lara Atson
06 August 2016

Sophia weighs only 12 kg.

Doctors in Australia are scratching their heads over a four-year-old girl who just isn’t growing.

Little Sophia Hecimovic is the size of a doll and looks like a two-year-old. She’s 88 cm tall, much shorter than other children of her age. She weighs only about 12 kg.

Tests have confirmed that her body does produce growth hormones, which is why doctors are so puzzled by her condition.

“It's frustrating because we don’t have an answer as to why she’s so much smaller than other children her age,” says her mom, Effie Panayiotou (29) from Sydney, Australia.

Sophia with mom Effie. PHOTO: Facebook Sophia with mom Effie. PHOTO: Facebook

“Developmentally she's behind as well – it took two-and-a-half years for her to learn to walk.”

Sophia may be small but she has a big personality, her mom says. Like any other child her age she loves the Disney princess, Sofia the First. She also likes animals and reading, and is fairly sociable.

“She can light up any room she goes into,” her Facebook page, A Kouklitsa Called Sophia, declares. “She’s like every other normal kid though and loves her dance classes and swimming lessons.”

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“People are surprised when they see and her and are told how old she is because she’s so small,” her mom says. In the past year Sophia has grown only about 8 cm.

When she was born in June 2012 Sophia weighed just more than 1,8 kg. She was only 46 cm tall – less than the average for a new-born baby.

When she sat beside a doll her mom had bought for her she was shorter than it. She was kept in hospital for three weeks and monitored but doctors had no explanation for her size.

At the age of eight months she weighed 5 kg and was 61 cm tall – the length of two rulers. After her first birthday she suddenly couldn’t speak any more – and this after being able to say “Mommy” and “dog” at only five months.

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The rare Robinow Syndrome was mistakenly diagnosed when she was one. It’s a genetic disorder that affects bone development.

High functioning autism was diagnosed when she was two. She’s now in a learning group and receives physiotherapy among other treatments.

The physical therapy sessions have improved Sophia’s mobility, says Effie, a single mom and full-time nursing student.

Sources: mirror.co.uk, facebook

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