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The disabled girl receives a special Barbie as her gift: blonde and with a blue wheelchair

By Alison Forde

The joy of a child is perhaps one of the most beautiful things to be able to behold, especially for a mom or dad. When Lacey Brown-Rogers gave a very special "Barbie" doll to her 2-year-old daughter Ella, the little girl's reaction was nothing short of exhilarating. She was born with spina bifida, a congenital malformation that forces her to stay in a wheelchair. If you think that Mattel, the historical Barbie maker, only packs blond, lean and aesthetically beautiful dolls from a world away from reality, well, you are wrong - those times are now only a distant memory! In fact, the Barbie that Lacey gave her daughter looks like Ella: blonde and with a blue wheelchair!

Ella was born with spina bifida, or a congenital malformation that prevented her spine from forming properly. This condition caused her paralysis of the lower limbs and, for this reason, the little girl is forced to move in a wheelchair. Despite being only 2 years old, Ella seems to have already understood very well that her physical condition distinguishes her (and unfortunately separates her) inevitably from other children. That's why she exploded with joy when she saw that Barbie who resembles her so much: a doll that no longer resembles an unattainable ideal, but resembles HER, a girl in flesh and blood who, moreover, is in a wheelchair, unlike many other children.

An infinite joy, can be observed in the video of the scene, which Mom shared on Facebook. A truly inclusive toy, which means a lot for those who like Ella feel set apart from the rest of society, because of a condition in which they have no fault or choice. The video quickly went viral and thousands of people fell in love with Ella's sweet expression. On the other hand, how can you not fall in love with it?

image: Instagram

Ella does not speak, but understands everything that is said to her and communicates through sign language. Knowing that she was included in Barbie's world made her one of the happiest girls on Earth!

Of a company like Mattel we can say that there have been great steps forward over the years. Now, finally, the differences are underlined and celebrated: we are not all the same and rightly so! The world is beautiful because it is varied, right? 

Many of you have asked “what ever became of Mattel?” Welllll, they reached out to me on Friday and would like to share Ella’s picture and story on the TODAY SHOW!!! 🙌🏻 it will be a live segment on Saturday between 7am-9am on NBC 4! I hope you all watch and record!!! We are soo very excited!!! ❤️❤️ I can’t believe this... 1K views!!! AND 9 shares! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who have shared and watched this video! Please feel free to share as you wish! 😘

Pubblicato da Lacey Brown-Rogers su Martedì 4 febbraio 2020

You certainly can't help but smile while watching this video!


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