Toddler Who Lost Her Arm Adopts Three-Legged Cat

A little girl who lost her arm to cancer has found a new companion. 

At just two years of age, Scarlette Tipton has undergone more than 19 surgeries, chemotherapy, and has had most of her left side removed.

Shortly after she was born, Scarlette was diagnosed with Sarcoma - a kind of cancerous tumour. The cancer was deteced after her left arm grew to three times the size of her right arm. 

(Image via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook)

It was soon decided the baby girl would need to have her arm amputated, as well as her shoulder and part of her collarbone. 

Now, a year since her amputation, Scarlette and her family received a special gift - a three-month-old kitten whose leg was amputated. 

"We really wanted to get her an animal that she can kind of relate to, something that she can grow up with and feel she has a special bond with," Scarlette's mother, Simone, told ABC News America.

Simone said that Scarlette quickly noticed the cat's missing leg and the "staples" in its place.

"She points at it and says 'owies'," Simone said. "And I said, 'yeah, kitty cat has owies kind of like you have owies.'

"And she kind of placed her hand on her side where he skin expanders are and said, 'yeah, owies.'"

(Image via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook)

The Tipton family reportedly travelled for two hours to pick up the kitten whom they will call 'Doc.'

"Doc McStuffin is [Scarlette's] favourite little cartoon on TV," her father Matthew explains.

"And also because the cat and her have had so much interaction with doctors."

You can keep track of Scarlette's recovery via her Facebook page, Smiles for Scarlette

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