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Just look at her now! We catch up with the little girl South Africans got to know as Baby Nicela

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Nicela Naudé is now a happy six-year-old. Here she is with her dog, Dobby. (Photo: Misha Jordaan)
Nicela Naudé is now a happy six-year-old. Here she is with her dog, Dobby. (Photo: Misha Jordaan)

The little girl greets us excitedly at the front door. “Come in quickly,” she says. “We have doughnuts. The cats are going to eat them.”

Nicela Naudé is wearing gold sneakers that sparkle in the sun – much like her personality. The six-year-old always seems to be in a good mood, entertaining her parents with her constant chatter about all the things she loves, especially animals and her chihuahua, Dobby, named after the house elf in Harry Potter.

She’s so cheerful it’s hard to believe life has been full of challenges for this little girl, who was abandoned at birth and seemed destined for a life in children’s homes until Madelaine and Jacques Naudé fell in love with her.

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