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Luisa has her "new" stuffed raccoon thanks to the generosity of a stranger. (Provided by family)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There are times when your faith in humanity can be restored in a single moment and this is one of those stories.

Luisa and her "new" raccoon "Baby." (Provided by family)

On August 12, Eyewitness News ran a story about Luisa Kercheval, a 5-year-old girl battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She had lost the stuffed raccoon she had since she was a baby and that had been with her through all of her medical treatments.

Mother and daughter retraced their steps, checked lost and found bins at the hospital, posted on Facebook and even tried contacting the manufacturer. Nothing worked and the story about the hunt for the stuffed raccoon, named "Baby," went viral.

Offers of donations came flooding in, but none of them looked like Luisa's raccoon.

Then a family from Nashville, Tennessee reached out with a stuffed animal almost identical to "Baby."

"He’s loved on in all the right spots and just as floppy as Luisa’s baby was," said Luisa's mom, Leah Kercheval.

Luisa now has what she believes is "Baby" back and is all smiles again.

It took a mother's passion and the caring of complete strangers to make things right in a little 5-year-old girl's life...and that is just a beautiful thing.