For the last 20 years’, Brian and Amy Smith have searched tirelessly for a replacement toy for their deaf blind daughter Debbie.
Debbie, 52, uses the plastic toy as a calming influence. The toy never leaves her side and if separated from it, Debbie will self-harm and become extremely distressed.
The toy was originally one of a set of four soft squeaky toys but after years of use it became brittle and broke when Debbie dropped it.
Luckily, the couple had one spare but realised they’d need a back-up. Brian phoned Shelco Toys in the US – who made the original – and they found them the final one in their archives.
This gave them a little breathing room but they still needed a back up.