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The Real Thumbelina Documentary on ITV1

For those of you in the UK who missed the above documentary on ITV1 on Monday can watch it on the ITV Player.   It follows 4 year-old Amelie and her parents journey to the USA to find out more about Russell Silver Syndrome.

It was great to see both sides of the growth hormone debate and as a non-GH RSS adult it’s always hard to see parents worrying about their children not being ‘normal’ if they don’t have treatment, especially having gone on to achieve everything I hoped to do and more as a person 4ft 4″ height.   It was very much appreciated to see Zillah’s contribution that you can be 4ft -odd and still be ‘normal’.  I hate that term ‘normal’.  People with Russell Silver Syndrome, are that, people, who need that bit of extra support throughout all stages of life.  That said, what would any of us do if we had a child in the same decision and most of us are aware that it is people’s own choice.

Personally I would have liked to see more non-GH adults participating, say a comparison of what life is like as a RSS person who has had GH as opposed to RSS people who have not – but then that could be a documentary in itself.

A more balanced documentary than expected.  Definitely worth a watch and it’s great that awareness of Russell Silver Syndrome has been raised on a mainstream terrestrial channel and to a wider audience.
Here’s the link: The Real Thumbelina Documentary »

(This documentary  is only available to view in the UK and watch-able for another 28 days)