Girl Gets New Hand Thanks To 3D Printing

Posted: Apr 6 2015, 3:17pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 6 2015, 3:21pm CDT, in Technology News


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Girl Gets New Hand Thanks to 3D Printing

She lost it from compartment syndrome, when her position during childbirth cut off the flow of blood to her left forearm, irreparably damaging tissue, muscle and bone.

A new video on NBC shows a little girl who was given just a little piece of her life back. Seven-year-old Faith Lennox, due to familial money concerns, never even thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been, until technology allowed her to make a new arm on a 3D printer. The cost? About $250 for supplies.

It only took some testing and measuring from her and the 3D printer worked overnight to give her a new chance to play and run like many other little kids her age. When it comes time for her to upgrade as she hits puberty, the cost is expected to be about the same, if not lower. 3D printing if giving many people living with amputations or underdeveloped limbs the chance to gain a working prosthetic that doesn't cost thousands of dollars. Prosthetics that would move like Faith's would cost nearly $20,000 just a few years ago. For children, the problem is even worse as the prosthetics are usually heavy and too bulky for the child to run and play.

To work the arm, Faith just has to move the top of her arm back and forth to create the open and closing motions that will allow her to do many things that she had been able to do with one arm, but she will do them much more easily now. Watch the video below to be amazed:

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