5 year old Keith Harris, of Houston, was born with a rare congenital condition called symbrachydactyly, stunting the growth of his right hand in utero. Now thanks to advances in 3D printing technology, Keith now has a new high-tech hand.
Prior to getting he new hand, he had been unhappy at times, with the “unwanted attention that comes from his hand.” his mother said.
According to Kimberly Harris, Keith’s mom, in a news story by KHOU, “Keith is not eligible for a regular prosthetic device. It would cost us around $40,000, he would outgrow it, it is very stuffy, sweaty and uncomfortable. We are receiving the hand free-of-cost but it costs them about $45 to $50 to make this hand.”
Kimberly is referring to the organization e-NABLE, who originally came together to create a prosthetic hand for a child in South Africa – then gave the design away for free so that others could benefit as well. Now they design, print, build, and help others create 3D printed prosthetic devices around the world.
Now Keith gets to share his new prosthetic hand, as well as his new found confidence, with his classmates.
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