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On the other side of the globe, a child receives an artificial hand made in Rochester

On the other side of the globe, a child receives an artificial hand made in Rochester

A quick update to a story we first reported on in March:

We learned Monday morning that Shaktiman, a seven-year-old child living in an orphanage in Nepal, has received his new artificial hand. You can see him trying out the device in the photo above.

"The sizing and fit look appropriate, and he seems pleased with it," wrote David Coleman, one of the e-NABLE volunteers who worked on the hand, in a message to the local chapter's Facebook group. "I'm approaching the update with a small amount of caution, as we haven't had a fitting follow-up."

 

Coleman will continue to stay in contact with the orphanage to make sure the hand works correctly — and to help with any adjustments along the way.

The hand was created on a 3D printer at Limb Lab using open-source designs from e-NABLE, a worldwide network of volunteers who design and print free hands for those in need. The Rochester group was recently recognized by the organization as an official chapter.

Anyone looking to get involved can contact the group through Facebook.


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(Cover photo courtesy e-NABLE Rochester)

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