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Six-year-old girl with Down's syndrome made into a doll - BBC News

A six-year-old girl from Wiltshire with Down's syndrome is the model for a new doll, by a toy company.
Rosie Kneen, from Ludgershall, was chosen by Lottie Dolls as the model for its new Rosie Boo doll.
A one-off doll, inspired by Rosie, was made by the firm last year after the family built a giant Lottie Doll Treehouse in their garden.
The doll has now gone into production and Rosie's father, Jason, said: "It looks a lot like her and she loves it."


Mr Kneen, said the new doll was based on photographs of his daughter after she cut her own hair.
"She cut her own fringe last year, so it's got her hair from then," he said.

"But seeing the two of them together, especially before her hair grew out, she looked just like the doll."
He said they were "thrilled" Rosie Boo had been made into a doll and it was "really wonderful" to see Down's syndrome being represented like this.
"The doll has even got odd socks on because it's odd socks day on Sunday, for Down Syndrome day," he said.
Ian Harkin, from the company, said it was "extremely important kids play with a diverse toy box".
"Working with child psychologists we have learnt how playing with toys with differences helps develop empathy in kids," he said.
"And it's incredibly powerful for kids to be able to see a doll in their likeness."

A donation from each doll sold will go towards supporting local Down's syndrome charity, Andover Twenty1.

Article published by the BBC News