Doll With Prosthetic Leg Moves This Little Girl To Tears

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A young girl with a prosthetic leg from Texas was just gifted the doll of her dreams.

Emma Bennett didn't seem to suspect anything unique about her present, but after reading the card, she pulled back the flap covering the doll's lower half and the 10-year-old could hardly contain herself.

"You've got to be kidding me!" she gasped.

The doll had a prosthetic right leg, much like hers, except in a more vibrant shade of pink.

Emma pulled the doll to her chest and dissolved into tears, while her younger sister collapsed on the couch in excitement.

Emma has worn a prosthetic leg since birth, due to a rare birth defect, according to Houston's KHOU. Her dad, Justin Bennett, says it's never slowed the athletic girl — she swims, cheer leads, plays soccer and volleyball.

Her mom, Courtney Fletcher Bennett, tells the station that Emma has had a growing collection of American Girl dolls, but longed for one that looked like her.

Together, her parents found the company A Step Ahead Prosthetics that customizes American Girl dolls for kids with limb loss.

"Thank you for making a doll like me!"

In the video her mom urges Emma to finish reading the card about her new doll, and picks it up for her.

"After she arrived, she was given a room to stay while her new leg was being made," her mother reads. "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."

Over the last year, toy manufacturers have been responding to calls to create more diverse toys, particularly ones that represent children with disabilities.

The Facebook campaign #ToyLikeMe was started in 2015 to call for positive portrayals of children with disabilities in toys.

The campaign prompted British toy maker Makies to create a line of 3D printed dolls with accessories like hearing aids and facial birthmarks.

Lego also came out with figure in a wheelchair, although their first attempt was a elderly man, which critics said just enforced the common stereotype. The kids toy giant heeded a petition by the makers of #ToyLikeMe, and produced a young wheelchair-using character earlier this year.

The joy on Emma's face at receiving her doll radiates. Emma's mother shared the video they took of her reaction of Facebook and it has since gone viral.

At the end of the clip, Emma looks into the camera and say, "Thank you for making a doll like me!"

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