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."
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.