BROOKLYN – A New York City nurse who battled COVID herself contracted the virus and then went straight back to fighting the pandemic now has a Barbie doll designed to look like her.
Amy O’Sullivan spent approximately two decades working at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn. According to Mattel, she treated the borough’s first COVID-19 patient.
O’Sullivan then became sick enough that she needed to be intubated, Mattel said. She is now one of six frontline workers highlighted by Mattel. Each doll is unique
“I am so proud of this opportunity to represent frontline workers, as a Barbie role model – not only during the incredible challenges we have faced over the past 18 months, but every day that I dress. and emergencies, ”O’Sullivan said. “It’s so important for kids not only to see these opportunities, but to truly believe that they too can take on these roles: that heroes are not born; it is ordinary people who make the choice, every day, to be a positive force in the world.
Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie & Dolls at Mattel, said the company wanted to highlight the efforts of medical workers during the pandemic.
“Our hope is to nurture and ignite the imaginations of children playing out their own storylines as heroes,” McKnight said.
Barbie doctor, nurse and paramedic dolls are available for purchase. The brand will donate $ 5 for each eligible doll sold at Target to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
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