Girl With 3D-Printed Hand Sets Record

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Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome, a rare birth defect characterized by the underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscle on one side of the body, and usually also webbing of the fingers of the hand on the same side. For Hailey, the right side of her body was affected, resulting in her right hand not fully developing. This is never easy, but Hailey refused to let it keep her down…

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Her pinky and thumb are there, but none of the three fingers in the middle. They’re referred to by Hailey and her family as “nubbins.” While prosthetic hands can be pretty pricey, a 3D-printed version is much cheaper, and this led her mom, Young Dawson, to investigate. She reached out to the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and…

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The team at the school worked hard developing a model that would fit Hailey, and thankfully, it worked. Last year, equipped with her new, 3D-printed hand, Hailey announced that she wanted to throw out a first pitch at every major league ballpark. Recently, in a little over 12 months, the 8-year-old completed the “Journey to 30.”

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The final pitch happened at Angel Stadium, when the Los Angeles team played the Seattle Mariners. It not only marked the accomplishment of Hailey’s dream, but also the first time anyone has ever done this, 3D-printed hand or not. When asked why this was so important to her, she said, “If I can do it, you can do it.” Now, Hailey and her family want to continue to spread the message and help others find affordable prosthetics. Check out the video below to see her in action and learn more about her amazing journey…

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