Little Girl With A Prosthetic Leg Receives A Present. Now Watch What’s Inside. OMG.
This has got to be the feel good story of the week. A girl from Houston, Texas was left in tears as her mother gave her the surprise of a lifetime.Credit
A former patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Emma was born with a very rare and incurable birth defect, which meant that doctors had to amputate one of her legs when she was only 9 months old. Since then, she had been fitted with a prosthetic leg, after which, she began the slow process of learning how to walk with a prosthetic attachment.
It hasn’t been easy, but she refuses to let her disability bring her down. Even though she has kept a positive attitude since losing her leg, her mother, Courtney, says the one thing Emma has always wanted is a doll that looked exactly like her. Which is why she and her husband went to great lengths to make her daughter’s wish come true.
They contacted A Step Ahead Prosthetics, a company based in New York City that specializes in building realistic-looking prosthetic limbs, in the hopes of convincing them to make a realistic prosthetic just for the doll. The company went out of its way, agreed to do the unconventional project and created a working prosthetic for the doll, identical to the one that is worn by Emma.
The doll, that already resembles young Emma, was packed in a box and ready to be given to her as a surprise gift. The camera was rolling as the unwrapping process could begin. The emotional reaction of the girl was captured on video and posted on Facebook. The video garnered more than 6 million views, and was shared an unbelievable 80,000 times. “She’s got a leg just like mine. Thank you for making a doll like me,” said Emma.
Courtney told KTRK TV that she expected her daughter to have an emotional reaction to her new gift, but even she was surprised at the extent of it. She says that even though her daughter has spent all her walking life wearing a prosthetic, she “doesn’t skip a beat.” Emma, who is now 10 years old, is quite happy and leading a normal life, she even does sports at her local school, which perfectly captures her up beat attitude. She is a part of the cheerleading squad and engages in extra-curriculum activities.
“She’s like any other child,” said her father. “She swims. She’s in soccer, cheerleading, volleyball.” 3D printing has greatly advanced the process of creating custom prosthetics for children and adults and made custom-fitting a breeze. We have seen a tremendous rise in investment in bionics these past few years, which has allowed prosthetics to be mass produced and accessible for all people.