Eleven-year-old creates special doll for Driscoll heart patients

Driscoll Heart Center patient Rylynn Riojas holds a one-of-a-kind doll that will be given to some pediatric heart patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital who have had heart surgery and share a similar scar on their chest.

An 11-year-old Driscoll Children’s Hospital patient from Hebbronville has created a special doll to comfort heart patients who have had surgery.

Rylynn Riojas, who is receiving follow-up care from the Driscoll Heart Center, searched for a doll who represented herself and other heart patients. When she was unable to find one, she created one herself.

Rylynn raised money through virtual lemonade and cookie sales to purchase dolls. She had them embroidered with stitching on their sternum to look like the scar from heart surgery.

The special, one-of-a-kind dolls will be given to some pediatric heart patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital who have had heart surgery and share a similar scar on their chest.

“I hope that the dolls will bring a smile to other heart patients like me,” she said.

As Rylynn says in a note that accompanies her personalized dolls: “Here is something special for your heart journey. Always be proud of your scar.”

Rylynn Riojas includes a personalized note of encouragement with the personalized dolls that will be given to some pediatric heart patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.