American Girl dolls were and are a staple among little girls (and boys) past and present, mainly because they can be customized to look almost identical to their owner.
Dolls with disabilities, let alone a prosthetic leg, are hard to come by in an ableist-favoring world, which is why 10-year-old Emma lost it when she saw one that looked just like her for the first time.
Emma's mother, Courtney Fletcher Bennett, captured the girl’s moving tears of joy as she opened her amazing gift: her very own American Girl doll, modified especially her Emma with a prosthetic leg.
Bennet sent the American Girl doll, which can only come with a wheelchair or crutches as a disability, to A Step Ahead Prosthetics for customization.
“You got to be kidding me,” Emma said in the video right before she hugs her new best friend. “It’s got a leg like me!”
In a comment on the Facebook video post, Bennett wrote:
“Thank you all for your sweet comments! I can say all day long that I try and put myself in Emma's position, but one will never truly know what it must feel like to want a doll just like you. I knew she would love it, but never could have imagined how much she "truly needed it"!:)
New York-based A Step Ahead Prosthetics does doll customizations frequently. The company doesn’t charge for adding the prosthetic leg and modifies the dolls to match the child’s own prosthetic.
“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,” reads A Step Ahead’s website.
Try to watch this video and not cry with Emma.