A 6-year-old girl who survived open heart surgery before her family lost nearly everything they owned in the devastating Louisiana floods got a special gift from a caring sheriff's deputy: a small, stuffed dinosaur.
The girl's relatives said the gift meant the world to her, KSLA reported. The family snapped a photo of Aubree Wise giving a big hug to Bossier Parish Deputy Ryan Rhodes over the weekend and posted it online.
Rhodes and other deputies had been patrolling Baton Rouge-area cities and towns including Denham Springs, where the Wise family lives.
He said he noticed the girl playing outside and remembered he had a stuffed dino in the back of his patrol car. "I said, 'well I'm not going to need it, she lost everything, she'd appreciate it more than I would.' So I just turned around went back and brought it to somebody who could use it."
How did she react? "She looked at me and she said 'rar' in my face."
Doctors performed open heart surgery on the 6-year-old back in May, the news station added. The massive storm earlier this month reportedly soaked her family's home with 3 feet of water.
The girl's mother, Brandy Wise, told KSLA the gift meant the world to young Aubree. "This little bitty stuffed animal has been her best friend the past few days, she's sleeping with it."