Such was the case for 5-year-old Hailey Dawson. Hailey was born with a condition called Poland Syndrome, which affected full development of her right hand. Her parents sent a letter to the engineering department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas asking if they could manufacture something that could help a girl out. The brains at UNLV came up with a cool 3D printed “Flexihand” for Hailey that uses fishing wire and wrist movements to control the fingers.
Kind of gives new meaning to the term “hand made.”
Hailey’s not the first kid to go bionic with the help of 3D printers but she was recently put on the map because she threw an excellent pitch at a major league baseball game. The Baltimore Sun reports that Hailey threw the first pitch at the Orioles game yesterday in an attempt to show the world how readily available 3D printed limbs are to people in need. Her dad Greg says that Hailey has never let her lack of fingers get her down and that she hopes to one day be a great softball player.
This is a perfect example of why we should all be proud to “throw like a girl.”
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(h/t Baltimore Sun, photos via Mitchell Layton/Getty)