The challenging journey of the girl with both hands amputated becoming a professional dancer leaves the online community in awe-010
Despite being born without arms, seven-year-old Sophi Green has a deep passion for dancing that knows no bounds. This remarkable young girl defies limitations by showcasing an incredible range of activities she can accomplish using her feet. From confidently using utensils like a knife and fork or even chopsticks to writing and even riding a bike, Sophi’s determination and adaptability are truly inspiring. Adopted from China at the tender age of two, Sophi now resides in Herriman, Utah, with her loving adoptive parents, Christianne and Jeremy. Their unwavering support and nurturing environment have played a crucial role in empowering Sophi to embrace her unique abilities and live life to the fullest.
Sophi Green, pictured, was born in China without any arms, while her elder sister Lexi, was born without any sight and adopted in the US. Despite her obvious disability, Sophi is capable of using chopsticks, and is able to use a pen and write .
The seven-year-old who is dancing to music played by her 15-year-old brother Conor, risks injury when walking if she falls over
Despite being born without arms, Sophi is able to use chopsticks and can use a fork with her incredibly dexterous toes
The couple was quick to realize just how much she was able to do without arms.
Christianne said: ‘I remember when we had just adopted her and we got Sophi her first ice cream cone.
‘I was ready to feed it to her and I held it out and she just snatched it up with her little foot and started eating it all by herself.’We were just completely amazed and knew from that point that she could just do anything.’
Watch the inspiring seven-year-old who uses her feet as hands
The couple was in the process of adopting Sophi’s older sister Lexie, now 11, when they first saw Sophi.Adopting two children from China simultaneously wasn’t generally allowed at the time – but because both daughters had disabilities the Green’s request was granted.Christianne said: ‘Sophi had these beautiful big eyes and we actually noticed these before even thinking about the fact she didn’t have arms.
‘We just knew that she needed a family.’
As a result, Lexie, who is blind, and Sophi have a special bond: Christianne said: ‘They are so cute together. Lexie acts as the arms and Sophi acts as the eyes.’ Sophi, center, was adopted, along with her blind sister Lexi and five other children by American couple Christianne and Jeremy Green Sophi has a specially modified tricycle which she is able to steer with her feet to enable her to get around more quickly Sophi’s family were stunned when she was able to grab an icecream cone with her feet shortly after she arrived to her home in the US
Sophi said: ‘Lexie is like my best, best friend because we got adopted on the same day and I think that’s really cool. I feel really happy because I now have brothers and sisters.’
Christianne and Jeremy, who have adopted seven children with disabilities, are passionate about the benefits of adoption.Jeremy said: ‘These are children that have a bleak future growing up in an orphanage with special needs particularly and in a place that might not be as accommodating to special needs as the United States is.
‘So they have an obvious need but what we’ve found, as we have gone through the process multiple times, is just how amazingly they bless our family when they come here.’
The family made adjustments to accommodate Sophi’s disability, changing all the door knobs in their home to handles so that Sophi can open the doors with her chin and buying a special customized bike.However, the youngster is able to use her feet for a huge amount of daily tasks such as washing, brushing her teeth and writing.Jeremy said: ‘Sophi is really quite amazing at how well she has adapted. People will often ask ‘how did you teach her to do this or that with her feet?’ The answer is we didn’t teach her.
‘She has learned to adapt in so many ways. She writes very well with her toes. She draws and colours. She brushes her teeth, she can wash and brush her hair.’ Sophi, pictured, uses her feet at school in the same way that friends use their hands, such as this performance In the classroom, Sophi has a special chair which raises her up to the level of the table so she can write with her feet This is the first photo Christianne and Jeremy Green had seen of their daughter in 2010 before they adopted her from China
Dancing is one of Sophi’s passions and the seven year old used to go to ballet lessons. However she stopped going because she found it upsetting when the rest of the class had arm choreography and she couldn’t join in. But now Sophi has one-on-one dance lessons with an instructor – and is equally happy making up her own routines. Sophi said: ‘I like dancing because it makes me feel happy. When my brother Connor plays the piano I like to make up dances.’ What makes Sophi’s desire – and ability – to dance even more remarkable is that when she was little, she wasn’t even able to walk and her parents wondered if their courageous daughter would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Sophi is missing the Fibula bone in her right leg. As a result this leg is weaker and shorter than the left leg. For a while she used a wheelchair controlled with her chin but she was determined to walk. Even though Sophi now can, her condition still affects her balance – and without arms to protect her from falls, the risk of hurting herself is high. ‘The hardest thing for me to do is to keep my balance. I get hurt and cry sometimes when I fall and it’s really hard,’ said Sophi. As well as the cuts and bruises, Sophi, through the support of her friends and family, has learnt how to handle upsetting comments and awkward looks too.
Despite her disability, Sophi attends a conventional school in Herriman, Utah where she is in the first grade Sophi, pictured, was adopted from China by her parents Jeremy and Christianne along with her sister Lexi Sophi is missing the Fibula bone in her right leg and as a result this leg is weaker and shorter than the left leg making walking difficult Christianne said: ‘We’ve taught her to give fun and creative answers if she’s in an uncomfortable situation. ‘One things she gets asked a lot is ‘ why don’t you have arms?’ and sometimes she’ll say ‘I buried them’ or ‘a shark ate them’ and they’ll laugh and it diffuses the situation a bit.’
When Sophi started school, her classmates asked why she didn’t have any arms and she came home crying and afraid to go back into class. Her mother went in to explain her daughter’s disability, showing a video of all the things her clever daughter could do. Sophi is now the class favourite, with all the kids wanting to sit next to her and take the elevator with her when she can’t take the stairs. There are still times when Sophi gets upset, either because the looks and stares get too much, or out of frustration.
Christianne said: ‘When people make hurtful comments or stare a lot she typically shuts down and there have been a few tears where she has to cuddle up and she’s said ‘I just want to be able to do things the same way as other children’ but as time has gone by she’s gotten more confident and doesn’t let it bother her as much.
‘She is such a joy, she has so much spunk and spirit. She is so sweet and caring and kind. She’s honestly just a perfect little angel. I don’t think not having arms will hold her back from doing anything.’ Sophi hopes her story will encourage others to consider adopting children from overseas. And her determination to overcome her disability is an inspiration to both those with and without disabilities of their own. Sophi said: ‘Don’t let anyone stop you from doing something you really love.’ When she started school, Sophi’s classmates asked her while she did not have any arms, which she found incredibly difficult Sophi soon won over her new classmates who are now always willing to help the remarkable youngster