A 10-year-old Texas girl was overcome with joy after receiving a doll with a prosthetic right leg, just like hers.
Emma Bennett was born with a rare birth defect that required her to wear a prosthetic leg.
"She's like any other child," Justin Bennett, her father, told local news station KHOU. "She swims. She's in soccer, cheerleading, volleyball."
While she likes collecting American Girl dolls, Emma always wanted one that looked like her. On Wednesday, her wish finally came true.
Her parents videotaped Emma's emotional reaction when she opened the box and discovered her new doll.
"You gotta be kidding me," Emma said. "It's got a leg like me."
After seeing the doll's pink prosthetic leg, Emma hugged it and began to cry.
About 2 million people who have lost a limb are living in the United States, and many wear prosthetics. While the prosthetics technology has improved in recent years, there can sometimes be a stigma associated with wearing one — especially for children.
After Emma's parents purchased the American Girl doll, they sent it to A Step Ahead Prosthetics, which customized the doll for free.
"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," the A Step Ahead Prosthetics website says.
While crying and holding the doll, Emma expressed her gratitude to the company.
"Thank you for making a doll like me."
A Plus reached out to Emma's mother, Courtney, for a comment.