An emotional moment captured on video and shared by thousands over the internet is being treasured by the parents who made it happen.
“There are no words,” said Courtney Bennett. “There are no words.”
Courtney and Justin Bennett just wanted to give their daughter Emma something special.
The precocious 10-year-old was born with a rare birth defect and has worn a prosthetic limb for most of her life; but it’s never slowed her down.
“She’s like any other child,” said Justin Bennett. “She swims. She's in soccer, cheerleading, volleyball.”
Emma also loves her ever expanding collection of American Girl dolls. But according to her mom, she’s always wished for a doll that looked like her.
So the Bennetts researched the topic online and found “A Step Ahead Prosthetics,” a company willing to make after-market alterations to dolls.
They sent one off, and a month later the new modified doll arrived. Mr. Bennett grabbed his camera and recorded as Emma opened her surprise.
“She’s got a leg just like mine!” shouted Emma as she shed tears of joy.
Her parents hope the video convinces doll manufacturers to think of kids like Emma, who just want to see a reflection of themselves.
“Thank you for making a doll like me,” said Emma.
The original video featured below was posted to Facebook Wednesday evening and has over 4 million views.