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PIC SHOWS ALEXIA SLOANE AT HOME IN CAMBRIDGE ON 14 APRIL 2011.
A 10-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl who is fluent in FOUR languages has become the youngest interpreter to work at the European Parliament – and she is BLIND.
Alexia Sloane lost her sight at the age of two after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour whilst on holiday in France.
But despite her disability the little girl has excelled at languages and at the age of 10 she is already fluent in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin – and is learning German.
Now she has fulfilled her dream of working as an interpreter after East of England MEP Robert Sturdy invited her to the European Parliament in Brussels.
“There is usually a minimum age requirement of 14 just to enter the European Parliament so for Alexia to interpret there at the age of 10 was amazing,” said mum Isabelle.
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