A boy aged 11 years old from Clarksville has received a special Christmas gift that can be considered as a miracle. The boy got a Christmas wonder which is in the form of hands. The hands were 3D printed.
The 11-year-old, Gavin Sumner, was born minus nearly all his hands. A condition known as vascular disorder triggers a lack of blood movement. As a result, the body parts get affected. For this young boy, he did not have his left foot. Much of his hands and 40 percent of his tongue.
Bedstone Creative in Clarksville is an IT company that specializes in 3D printing with Anthony Economos as the president. When the company president found out about the boy’s condition, he thought about helping him.
“It takes a village,” Economos says.
Economos and his crew spent several months to obtain functioning hands for Sumner through 3D printing.
“His wrists will power the grasping mechanism,” says Economos, “It took a while for us to get it right, we had to do a hand model test.”
Sumner was handed the gift as an astonishment before the County Mayor of Montgomery and his loved ones last week. The boy didn’t know the ceremony was organized in his honor.
“Now I can grasp things so much easier with one hand,” Sumner said, “I’m still very much learning but they’ve been life-changing for sure.”
As mentioned by the company, Bedstone Creative dreams to do more tasks like this in the future.
The 3D printed prosthetic hands will help the boy to handle his tasks normally like others. If you are new to these kinds of hands, it is good to know that prosthetic hands offer mobility, confidence, functionality to amputees. Using these devices, amputee are able to deal with trauma and live a rich, complete lives juts like others. They give them a new life.