TEXAS – A 10-year-old Texas girl burst into tears as she opened her birthday present.
They were tears of pure joy.
Emma Bennet has a prosthetic leg, and this year for her birthday, she received an American Girl doll that had been customized to look….just like Emma.
Her mom posted Emma’s reaction to her new doll on her Facebook page:
“You got to be kidding me,” Emma said before tearfully hugging the doll. “It’s got a leg like me!”
The doll came with a letter from A Step Ahead Prosthetics that said, “After a few weeks of training to walk and run in her new prosthetic, she is ready to go home and live her life without limitations with you.”
“Thank you, thank you for making a doll like me,” sobs Emma.
A Step Ahead Prosthetics has facilities in New York, Massachusetts and Israel. According to their website, they customize the dolls at no charge.
..We feel that it is absolutely crucial to boost the self-confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of inclusion for little girls with limb loss, and that something as small as a doll that resembles them can have a profound effect on their mental and physical well-being. In that spirit, anyone with a child who has had or is facing an amputation is welcome to send us an American Girl doll which we will happily modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child. The prosthetics themselves are entirely designed and fabricated in our prosthetics shop alongside the “real” prosthetics, and are painted by hand in a variety of colors.
Happy 10th birthday, Emma.