LIFE

2-Year-Old Shares A Special Bond With A Three-Legged Rescue Kitty

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

Little girls and kittens have a lot in common: they’re all adorable, sweet, and deserving of love. But the little girl and kitten you’re about to meet have a special, heartwarming bond that’s unlike any other.

Scarlette Tipton is no ordinary little girl. At just two years old, she’s already experienced more than many adults. According to her YouCaring page, Scarlette has what the doctors call a “precurser” in her body that mutates into cancer. She was born with an abnormally large left arm and was soon diagnosed a vague diagnosis of Sarcoma called Undifferenciated Spindle Cell Sarcoma.

By the time Scarlette turned one, she’d endured 19 surgeries and invasive treatments, which is why her loving mother hatched a plan to find Scarlette a very special friend.

Scarlette was born with a form of arm cancer that led to the amputation of her left arm at the shoulder when she was only 10 months old.

Doctors elected to amputate her arm at the shoulder to keep the cancer from spreading. Scarlette’s parents have been caring for her since, and treatment is ongoing. (Which has been incredibly expensive – you can donate to Scarlette’s medical expenses here!) 

But something was missing for little Scarlette. She needed someone to relate to. Her family decided to look for another member of the family that Scarlette could form a bond with – a pet with three limbs. 

Simone Tipton, Scarlette’s mom, was watching the news when she saw a story about a little homeless kitten who had just had her right paw amputated after getting his stuck in a car fan. Immediately, she had a feeling that the kitten on the news would be the perfect pet for Scarlette.

The kitten was named Holly by the shelter where she was being rehabilitated, but Scarlette and family decided the kitten deserved a new name – Doc, after Scarlette’s favorite cartoon character, Doc McStuffins.

“And also because both the cat and Scarlette had so much interaction with doctors,” father Matt Tipton told ABC7.

Check out the video below to see the tender friendship between a little girl and a little cat with a very special bond!

Medical care for Scarlette is ongoing, please donate to this special family by visiting their YouCaring page here.

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