Girl reunited with 'Minnie' doll that was with her for 40 surgeries

Police have opened a case to help find a girl's missing doll. (Photo: Niki Dougherty-Ramirez)
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BENSALEM, Penn. (WTHR) – Thanks to the power of social media and local establishments, Minnie Mouse has been recovered!

Niki Dougherty-Ramirez shared the update Tuesday evening that Minnie has been returned to the family after her original call for help was shared more than 62,000 times.

"We appreciate each and every one of you!!" said Dougherty-Ramirez in the Facebook post. "This was one of the worst couple days. There were so many tear shed by all of us. Bryanna is soooooo ecstatic to have her in her arms again. Now she can eat and sleep again!!!"

On Saturday, Niki Dougherty-Ramirez shared a photo of the doll on Facebook in a plea for help in finding it.

Dougherty-Ramirez says the doll was last seen at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Horizon Boulevard near the Neshaminy Mall in Pennsylvania around 6 p.m. that day.

The Chick-Fil-A restaurant even posted a sign for missing Minnie and offered a $250 reward plus a free meal once a week for a year.

Her daughter has had the doll for 13 years and says the doll is not dirty, just "well loved."

"My daughter is beyond heart broken. I hope we can find her," Dougherty-Ramirez originally wrote on the Facebookpost . "I cant imagine having to send her into the OR again without her Minnie."

After her post, the Bensalem Police Department opened a case for the missing doll.

"Minnie brings a lot of joy to a special young lady named Bryanna Ramirez and has been with her for 40 brain surgeries at CHOP. Anyone with information should call 215-633-3719," the poster read.

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