Dolls are special toys for many children. They're great for playing dress up and creating fun fantasy stories, but perhaps one of the most important thing for kids is having a doll they can identify with. This is even more critical for children who already feel different from their friends.
One 2-year-old named Harmonie-Rose recently received a doll as a gift that is very significant for her and her family.
Her doll is a quadruple amputee, just like her.
On Facebook, it states that Harmonie-Rose contracted meningitis B at just 10 months old. She was given a 10 percent chance of surviving. The little girl beat the odds and lived, but had to have her legs and arms amputated.
Harmonie-Rose's "Rebecca" doll is from American Girl, but prosthetics company A Step Ahead modified it so it would have the same body as the toddler.
Of the doll, Harmonie-Rose's parents wrote on Facebook, "As you can see, she is already loved very much in this house and I know she will be Harmonie's best friend for ever."
The little girl's mom, Freya Hall, also spoke with ABC News about much her daughter loves the doll,
"She just said, 'Mummy, she's just like me.' "
She added, "She loves to take the arms and the legs off and they love to sit next to each other without the prosthetics on."
Having a doll that a kid can identify with is so important to their self-esteem. It is the reason why some have gone as far as to petition for the cause. Hall points out that Harmonie-Rose's toy is especially important because her daughter has yet to see another quadruple amputee, and the doll gives her proof that there are others like her.
(H/T: Huffington Post)