I would like to give you a glimpse into my life in the O.R. of Tonner Doll Hospital. I am Doctor Noreen and spend my days in the state of the art doll hospital located in the back room of The Tonner Company Store. This is where I breathe new life into those antique and vintage dolls who come to me for their last chance to be loved again. Many patients are in for orthopedic issues…but most arrive due to the normal aging process.. I have been called the Nip and Tuck of the Doll World for this reason. Each week I would like to showcase a procedure or patient that I find so interesting…I just have to share.
I guess there comes a time in a Doll Doctors life when you really think you need a miracle.That time comes quite often for me. I recently treated a patient that most doll docs may have given up on. This big girl was born in the late 20’s to early 30’s….and you know what aging can do to beautiful skin! She arrived in the O.R. with ravished skin, a dislocated shoulder, loose neck joints and only one working eye. She clearly should have been to the emergency room years ago…but due to the sadness in the owners eyes…I knew I had to save this one! It took a few hours of plastic surgery to bring her face back–and of course quite a bit of orthopedic repairs…then on to that sunken eye. The following week she was ready to go home for some much-needed R&R which included many hugs from the next generation chosen to care for her…..you see–these dolls represent much more than “being just a plaything” .They are the vessels of love to be passed on through generations…and if you hold them tight….you can actually feel it!