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Monday, March 9, 2015

[VIDEO] Inside St. Louis' Only Hospital for Dolls

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 9:35 AM

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Anyone who's ever loved a doll knows the anguish that comes when dolly gets damaged or broken.

Terri Rankin's family has been rescuing dolls since 1979. Now Rankin runs Cathie Lee Doll Hospital, named after her mother, in north St. Louis County.

"My mom actually was the one who started doing the doll repair," Rankin tells Riverfront Times videographer Milly Naeger. But when Rankin's mother was diagnosed with cancer, things had to change. "When she got sick in 1990, she asked if I would keep doing what she did."

click to enlarge Rankin took over the doll hospital after her mother's death. - MILLY NAEGER
  • Milly Naeger
  • Rankin took over the doll hospital after her mother's death.

Loyal doll lovers come from all over to have Rankin make their beloved toys as good as new.

"When people want something repaired, they'll travel miles to come to bring it to get it fixed," she says.

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