WATCH: Little Girl Receives a Doll With a Prosthetic Leg Like Hers and Cries Tears of Joy

National   |   Emily Derois   |   Jun 7, 2016   |   7:16PM   |   Washington, DC

Ten-year-old Emma was overjoyed when she was surprised with a doll just like her. The company A Step Ahead Prosthetics gave the American Girls look-alike doll a prosthetic leg, just like Emma’s.

The Cypress, Texas girl’s tearful response to her doll has captured the hearts of millions of people through an online this week, KHOU News 11 reports.

Upon realizing the doll’s prosthetic leg, Emma burst into happy tears. She excitedly exclaimed, “It’s got a leg like me! I love you.”

While she hugged her doll, Emma’s mother, Courtney Bennett, read a letter that was sent with the present: “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.”



After capturing the special moment on film, Bennet posted the video on Facebook. It was uploaded on Wednesday, but the heartwarming clip already received more than 32 million views.

A Step Ahead Prosthetics offers this special service to families free of charge. They explain why on their website:

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. In that spirit, anyone with a child who has had or is facing an amputation is welcome to send us an American Girl doll which we will happily modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child.

It is encouraging to see companies like A Step Ahead supporting people with disabilities. It is a touching reminder of the beauty and value of every life.