Emma’s parents shot a video of their daughter opening a present on Wednesday—one that she never expected, but now she can’t stop hugging it.
Her mother Courtney Fletcher Bennett caught the emotional reaction on camera when Emma, who has a prosthetic leg, received a special edition American Girl doll that arrived in the box with its own prosthesis.
The American Girl dolls are altered at no cost to families because the limb maker believes it is “absolutely crucial” to boost the self-confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of inclusion of these amputee children.
“Something as small as a doll that resembles them can have a profound effect on their mental and physical well-being,” they say on their website.
Anyone with a child who is dealing with an amputation can send the company an American Girl doll which they will modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child.
The miniature legs and arms themselves are entirely designed and fabricated in the Step Ahead prosthetics shop alongside the “real” prosthetics, and are painted by hand in a variety of colors.
Contact the company here if you are interested in having them customize a doll.
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