Two-year-old Scarlette Tipton lost her left arm at the young age of 10 months. Within her first few months on earth, Scarlette's left arm had begun to swell due to a rare form of cancer, and doctors called for it to be amputated immediately. The Tiptons knew that Scarlette would grow up differently, so they set out to find a companion for their daughter that was "just like her." It took months of searching, but on Christmas Eve, 2015, her parents found a kitten who was missing one of her legs. Soon enough, Scarlette and her new kitten were on their way to becoming best friends. Scroll through the images below to see the beautiful bond that has formed between these two.
This is Scarlette and her best friend, "Doc." Each of them lost a limb due to unfortunate circumstances.
When she was a baby, Scarlette was diagnosed with a form of cancer that the doctors had never seen before. It caused her right arm to swell, and the family had it amputated shortly after.
This was a stressful time for Scarlette and her family. No child should have to undergo such a dramatic change so earlier in his or her life.
That's what led her family to search for a kitten who was just like their daughter. When they found "Doc," who lost one of her legs in a car accident, they knew she was the perfect fit.
In an interview with Love Meow, her mother said, "She did notice that Doc had staples on her side and said ‘owies’. I let her know that she had owies just like her, and she placed her hand on her side and just nodded. She recognizes that the cat has similar struggles as she does."
They decided to name the kitten "Doc" after "Doc McStuffins," Scarlette's favorite character.
Now, Doc is just another part of the family.
To learn more about their story, check out this video: