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Woman makes lifelike dolls to heal broken hearts: 'Before you judge, put yourself in their shoes'

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Karen Elliot started making reborn dolls in 2012 after taking a liking to the concept. (PHOTO: PA Real Life)
Karen Elliot started making reborn dolls in 2012 after taking a liking to the concept. (PHOTO: PA Real Life)

They look like real babies, have the same softness and that special newborn smell that makes you just want to pick them up and give them a cuddle. 

And that’s exactly the motivation behind the creation of these infants. They’re the handiwork of American dollmaker, Karen Elliott, who says her “babies” serve a very important purpose. 

Some might find it odd to see adults interacting with hyper-realistic dolls, but Karen says people need to be more open-minded. 

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