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Mum Creates Mini-Me Down's Syndrome Dolls To Give Daughter A 'Friend For Life'

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Mum creates mini-me Down's Syndrome dolls to give her daughter a 'friend for life'

A mother has created a range of mini-me dolls for her daughter who has Down's Syndrome after she complained that none of the dolls in toy catalogues looked like her.

Connie Feda, 49, said she wanted to give 13-year-old Hannah and children like her a 'friend for life' through the dolls.

And now she has turned the Dolls For Downs project into a full-time job and plans to sell them.

Connie, 49, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said that there are Down's Syndrome dolls already on sale but that many fail to reflect what Hannah and others see in the mirror.

She told the Huffington Post: "I want Hannah to see a doll with Down's Syndrome and see something beautiful, because that's what I see when I look at her."

Each of the 18-inch dolls named Ellie, Nikki, Hannah, Grace and Aziza have characteristics typical of those with Down's Syndrome such as almond-shaped eyes and a flat nose. They also come with changeable outfits complete with zippers, velcro, buttons, ties and snaps to help children to develop motor skills.

Connie said: "I asked Hannah what her favorite part of the doll is and she said, 'I love her because she's so pretty and because she is mine'."

Each doll is priced at $87.50 and currently available to pre-order through Connie's professional Facebook page.

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