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An incredible mum asked a dollmaker to create a doll with one eye - just like her daughter.

When dollmaker, Jessica Sebastian, was asked to make a doll with one eye – it was clear she was making a special gift.

A mother asked Jessica if she could make a rabbit doll with one eye for her two-year-old daughter who had lost her left eye to cancer. ‎

“I make dolls, which is not a heroic profession,” Sebastion wrote on Facebook page Love What Matters. “But recently I was asked to make a doll for a little girl who is a superhero.”

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Jessica explained on the US-based site that the toddler had started to notice she was different to other children. Her mother had read that finding a doll that shares a child’s features can be “therapeutic” and helpful.

“She wanted her daughter to have a doll that looks like her and only has her right eye. To date, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked to create something so tender and meaningful.”

Jessica shared a photo the mother had taken of her daughter on her third birthday clutching the one-eyed bunny “who is just as perfect and beautiful as she is”.

The little girl and the doll Jessica created. (Image via Love What Matters/Facebook.)
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The dollmaker suggested it was fitting that the little girl was wearing a Wonder Woman outfit.

"It perfectly represents the strength and courage of this little superhero."

In recent years, other dollmakers have been inspired to make "inclusive" dolls for children with disabilities and illnesses.

Mother-of-four Maria Kentley from regional Victoria told Mamamia she started making replica dolls for children after first creating one for her son who has autism.

Stephen, who has leukemia, with his Hope Toys replica doll. (Image supplied.)

Her four-year-old son, Christian, has his own mini-me in a black t-shirt that says: "I’m autistic and I’m awesome".

After making her son's doll, the Hope Toys founder then realised she wanted to make a wide variety of dolls.

"I wanted to represent all children - and all children means children that are sick, children that have got special needs, that live with different conditions," Maria told Mamamia.

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