After Surgery, 10-Year-Old Amputee Gets A Doll With A Prosthetic Leg. Names Her 'Hope.'

"The surprise on Dylan's face says it all!"

Hope comes in many forms, but for a little girl named Dylan Probe, it came in the form of a doll. The 10-year-old has been battling Ewing's sarcoma — a rare type of bone cancer that commonly affects teens and young adults — since November 2016. As a result, she had to have chemotherapy and her left leg amputated below the knee.

Photographer Sherina Welch has been documenting Dylan's journey to raise awareness about childhood cancer. And following her surgery, surprised her with an American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg, just like the one Dylan will have. HuffPost reports the doll was ordered from A Step Ahead Prosthetics, a company that customizes dolls for kids who've experienced limb loss, free of charge.

The Probe family shared the heartwarming story on the Love What Matters Facebook page and revealed how the doll is helping Dylan.


"The surprise on Dylan's face says it all! She loved her American Girl doll. And what she loved even more is that it has a leg like she will. I am so grateful to Sherina Welch for the doll and how she put that smile on my little girl's face. It's beautiful and so wonderful for Dylan."

Dylan adores the new doll, and has decided to call her "Hope."

"We were at the clinic yesterday and everyone was asking where Hope was," Dylan's mom, Megan Probe, told TODAY.

Having toys to identify with is important for all kids, but it can be especially meaningful for those facing challenges. Thankfully, there are companies like American Girl and A Step Ahead Prosthetics helping to ensure every kid has the opportunity to find something they love. And Dylan isn't the only child to receive a doll like her.  Last year, we wrote about a 2-year-old quadruple amputee who received a doll with prosthetics, and another little girl with alopecia who got an American Girl doll "with alopecia," too. These stories show how a simple act of love can mean the world to a child. 

Cover image via BCFC I Shutterstock

(H/T: Popsugar)


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