Tuesday, July 10, 2012

American Girl Doll Hospital Adventure #Photo Feature

Sometimes accidents happen....especially to active athletes.   McKenna, American Girl Doll of the Year 2012, ended up in a cast with crutches from a gymnastics injury.   So did my daughter, in real life (also from a gymnastics injury)!

For times like these, sometimes an unexpected detour to the hospital is necessary.  In addition, to gymnast McKenna, my daughter has a whole team of American Girl Dolls who do gymnastics.  She dresses them in leotards and they're all team gymnasts together.  

Sage has one of the original Pleasant Company vintage American Girl Dolls, Samantha, who launched the collection in 1986 along with Molly and Kirsten.  The last of her outfits, books and accessories were retired in 2007.


Samantha Parkington is a bright, compassionate girl living with her wealthy grandmother in 1904. It's an exciting time of change in America, and Samantha's world is filled with frills and finery, parties and play. But Samantha sees that times are not good for everybody. That's why she tries to make a difference in the life of her friend Nellie, a servant girl whose life is nothing like Samantha's!

Along with Molly and Kirsten, Samantha was one of the three American Girls that launched the collection in 1986.

Despite her collector value, we believe dolls are meant to be played with and enjoyed, and we value her much more in action.  Sage renamed her Nastia, after a well know US gymnast.   As a well loved member of Olympic Team American Girl, Nastia/Samantha eventually injured her leg irreparably and had to have an extended stay at the American Girl Doll Hospital.

 Amid many tears, we took her in and said goodbye for a few weeks, but I was impressed with the quick turn around time, and it's always fun to get packages in the mail!   

At first the leg reattachment cost seemed a bit high, but she came back with the cutest hospital gown, wrist bracelet, adorable socks, a certificate of health, and well brushed hair that looked like new!!    

The whole situation turned a sad repair into a fun adventure, as Nastia spent days telling the other American Girl Dolls about her hospital escapades.    McKenna even loaned Nastia her cast and crutches!

If your child, or someone you know is braving an actual hospital stay in Chicago, the new children's hospital is a short walk from Water Tower Place, home of American Girl Chicago.   It's not just a store, it's an entire village with the doll hospital, cafe, and two floors of American Girl history, magic and wonder.   You can even buy a little wheel chair, hearing aid, or a doll without hair, to help kids deal with their own illnesses.

Whether you're cheering an actual sick or injured child or repairing doll parts that had a bit too much love, American Girl Doll Hospital is highly recommended!

Check out the Doll Hospital Welcome Page here for full details.

Doll Hospital

American Girl dolls are meant to be played with, but sometimes during the fun, accidents happen. That's why the experts at the American Girl Doll Hospital are here to help with everything from a thorough cleaning to major "surgery." Doll doctors will make her as good as new and send her back ready to be loved for years and years.

Welcome to the Doll Hospital

When you admit your American Girl doll to the Doll Hospital, she'll be carefully handled to protect her from further injury. A team of doll doctors will examine her from head to toe and decide on a treatment to fix her "injuries"—everything from hair brushing to limb tightening to major "surgery."

Doll Hospital services:

Wellness visit
Skin cleaned, hair brushed hospital gown, certificate, but no major "surgery."
Ear piercing
This service is for 18" My American Girl® dolls only.
Doll-sized hearing aid
This service is for 18" My American Girl® dolls only.
Dolls without hair
Find out about this new option
Additional services:
  • New head(same American Girl, Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins dolls only)
  • Reattachment of head
  • New body(torso and limbs)
  • Reattachment of limbs(18" American Girl dolls only)
  • All repairs include a complimentary wellness service
  • Eye replacement(same eye color only)
Every doll who comes to the Doll Hospital will have her hair brushed and her skin cleaned before she's discharged. Within three weeks, she'll be on her way home with a smile on her face and special items to remember her stay, including:
  • Certificate of Good Health
  • Get Well card
  • Doll Hospital gown(plus a cap for Bitty Baby and socks for 18" dolls)
  • Doll Hospital ID bracelet**ID Bracelet not included with Bitty Baby/Twins for safety reasons

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