Woman donates nearly 600 Barbies with prosthetic legs to children at St. Louis hospital

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By Ashley Cole, Dana Dean | KSDK-TV |  November 19, 2019

A former patient from Shriners Hospitals for Children returned to the hospital to make a special donation.

Ashleigh Bentz, who uses a prosthesis, donated nearly 600 Barbie dolls with prosthetics and wheelchairs to patients.

“I broke my Barbie dolls legs so they would look like me. my mom hated that. drove her nuts. she spent her hard-earned money on Barbie doll. I would turn around and break it because they wouldn’t look like me but now they do,” Bentz said.

“My sister bought my Barbie for me around my birthday and I’ve kept her on my desk since then,” Bentz said. “Growing up, the only way my Barbie looked like me was if I broke her leg off. I can’t imagine what having one (with a prosthetic leg) would have done for my self-esteem back then.”

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