Young Emma has a prosthetic leg, something she doesn’t often see on television, in children’s toys or anywhere else, for that matter. So the chances of her ever seeing, much less getting, a doll that resembled her was slim to none. But her parents weren’t having that. They got into contact A Step Ahead Prosthetics, a company that customizes American Girl dolls for children with limb loss, to make their daughter’s dream come true.
As Dad films and mom watches, Emma’s little sister excitedly hands her the American Girl box. Little does Emma know that what was inside was so much more than an American Girl. And when she opens it and sees it, her reaction will warm even the coldest of hearts.
“It’s got a leg like me!”
And when her mom asks if she loves it, she exclaims, “I love you!”
Go. Go get a tissue. We’ll be waiting.
Along with the doll, the company sent Emma a letter that read, “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.”
And Emma couldn’t be more grateful. “Thank you,” she tells the camera. “Thank you for making a doll like me.”
Emma’s joyful reaction might be one of the sweetest, most real things you’ll ever see, and only emphasizes the need for more diverse representation — be it size or colour or differing abilities, whatever — of girls’ and boys’ different appearances in both the marketplace and the media.