Lisbon doll hospital brings repair to a downtrodden Christmas
"In a warren of cluttered rooms overlooking a shabby square, the men and women in white coats are performing surgery. Some are replacing a limb. Others deal in hair loss. Shelves are lined with eyes, legs, arms, entire heads of unblinking figures. This is a hospital, but not in the traditional sense.
The Hospital de Bonecas – or doll hospital – has been used to austerity since its founding in Lisbon in 1830, when the original owner fixed up simple cloth and clay dolls for local children outside her herb shop. The oldest existing business of its kind, it now repairs everything from priceless porcelain heirlooms and vintage BABY borns to worn teddy bears and plastic Barbies."