Tears Flow as Girl Sees Doll Has Prosthetic Like Her

Emma Bennett floored at seeing modified American Girl doll
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2016 9:03 AM CDT

Part of the American Girl doll brand's claim to fame is that kids can get a doll made in their own likeness—but Emma Bennett's parents wanted to go one step further. The Texas 10-year-old has a prosthetic leg (KHOU notes she was born with a rare birth defect), so Courtney Fletcher Bennett reached out to a New York company to have the doll she'd ordered for Emma retrofitted with a pink right-leg prosthetic, Today.com reports. Bennett posted a video on Facebook showing Emma opening her gift. "You've got to be kidding me!" Emma gasps after opening the box handed to her by her little sister, bursting into tears as she hugs the doll tight.

"It's got a leg like me!" she continues, sobbing, telling her parents she loves them. Bennett then reads the letter that arrived with the doll from A Step Ahead Prosthetics: "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." That echoes how Emma lives her own life, dad Justin Bennett tells KHOU. "She's like any other child. She swims. She's in soccer, cheerleading, volleyball," he says. "Thank you. Thank you for making this doll like me," Emma says at the end of the video, tears still streaming down her face. (A dog named Derby was finally able to run thanks to 3D-printed legs.)

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