By David Aspinall
This is the emotional moment a girl born without a hand receives her first ever teddy bear also missing a limb.
Despite being aware of what is contained in the Vermont Teddy Bear box, Jordan Reeves is all smiles as she opens the lid on her new doll on May 2.
Lifting the bear out of its packaging, the 11-year-old who was born with just a humerus bone in her left arm coos happily, commenting the bear is amazing.
While hugging the toy tightly and rubbing its nub with her own, Jordan eloquently explains to her emotional mum Jen ‘kids have always wanted a bear that shows a difference because we are all different’.
Jen, from Columbia, Missouri, USA, said: “I’m thrilled to see a new special limb difference bear in Jordan’s life.
“Dolls are something Jordan has always loved and she continues to enjoy.
“I can’t wait to see what kind of fun accessories she will design for it.”
Jordan was born with only one hand and doctors think the blood flow was disrupted in utero.
Along with her mum, Jordan is on a quest to get more limb difference toys in mainstream stores, starting with a petition that already has 25,000 signatures.
Jen said: “Limb difference toys help kids know they aren’t alone.
“Toys that represent differences also help educate all kids that no one and no toy looks the same.
“I’m thrilled to see a company thinking about ways to design toys for everybody.
“The Vermont Teddy Bear Company’s system for customization was created with a lot of research and knowledge of limb differences.
“I am so impressed and can’t wait to see more companies follow this path.”