Family of 2-year-old amputee adopts kitten that lost a limb

In this photo provided by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, Scarlette Tipton, center, a 2-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm, her brother Cayden, 3, and parents Simone and Matt Tipton pose with a kitten who also suffered an amputation, at the agency's shelter in San Jacinto, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The Orange County family had been searching for a kitten to help their daughter, who was born with a rare form of cancer that led to having her left arm amputated when she was 10 months old. Doctors say Scarlette is now cancer free. The kitten, named Holly, suffered a severe injury and had her left foreleg amputated in December. (John Welsh/Riverside County Department of Animal Services via AP)

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm is getting a special gift: A kitten that also suffered an amputation.

Matt and Simone Tipton, of Orange County, had been searching for a kitten for their daughter Scarlette, who was born with a rare form of cancer. Scarlette’s left arm had to be amputated when she was 10 months old.

Doctors say she’s now cancer free.

Scarlette’s parents wanted to find a kitten that had undergone an amputation surgery to help in their daughter’s ongoing recovery. That’s when they heard about Holly, a kitten two women found bleeding from a traumatic injury in December.

The kitten’s left front leg was amputated.

The family drove to the San Jacinto animal shelter to adopt the cat named Holly on Christmas Eve.

 

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