A Brazilian Granddad Crochets Dolls That Look like Children Suffering from Vitiligo

    A Brazilian Granddad Crochets Dolls That Look like Children Suffering from Vitiligo
    Greg

    5:00 PM EDT, May 20, 2024

    Vitiligo is a disease that is clearly visible. A man from Brazil has decided to make dolls for children so that they can accept their condition.

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    Skin stains

    Vitiligo is a condition which is caused by reduced amount of melamine in a given skin area. As a result the skin has got some characteristic stains, most often on the face, neck, elbows and knees. It is estimated that approximately 1 – 2 % of world’s population suffer from the problem, with age and sex not having any impact. People who have the condition are often stigmatized (children included) and have to face a number of horrible situations. And that is why a man from Brazil has decided to do something about it.

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    The first doll

    João Stanganelli is 65 and has vitiligo himself, too. The first symptoms were noticed when he was 38. two years later he had to quit his job in restaurant business, due to his heart problems. He did not break down, though, and together with his wife he learned to crochet. Although it was not easy, after 5 days he managed to make his first doll. Originally, it was to be a gift for his granddaughter. In the end he made Vitilinda, the first crocheted vitiligo doll.

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    It's all for kids

    Thanks to the doll the children suffering from vitiligo were more likely to come to terms with their appearance and accept themselves. Isn't it a great initiative?

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    João Stanganelli and his dolls

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    The version for boys

    João Stanganelli
    João Stanganelli

    BONUS IMAGE

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    joaostanganelli/instagram

    João Stanganelli also makes dolls sitting in wheelchairs, so appreciated by physically disadvantaged children

    What do you think about these dolls?

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