It’s hard being different, especially when you are young. The pressure to be “normal” and fit in puts an incredible strain on young children. They learn that being different is scary and are told that it’s ok to be yourself, as long as you are like everyone else. What’s even more stressful is looking different from others.
For Courtney Fletcher Bennett’s daughter, Emma, it’s been harder than some can even imagine. Emma has a prosthetic leg, so when her parents wanted to give her a doll they went above and beyond to make it special. They didn’t just get her a standard Barbie; they got her an American Girl doll that looks just like her! It is a tiny Emma mini-me, from her blonde curls to her beautiful smile. But that’s not all that’s like Emma …
Her parents had the special doll shipped to A Step Ahead Prosthetic, a New York-based prosthetics company, which has started customizing American Girl dolls in order to help girls with limb loss. They do the customizations for free, because, according to their company’s website, they “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.” Thanks to this special company, the Bennetts were able to give Emma the doll of her dreams. They fit her doll with a tiny pink (Emma’s favorite color) prosthetic and even sent her a letter about the doll’s courage during rehabilitation. It’s no wonder that in just two days, over 110,000 people have viewed the video on Facebook.
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