That’s handy: schoolboy born with half a hand hopes to ride bike for first time after receiving 3D hand
A schoolboy born with half a hand hopes to ride a bike for the first time after receiving a 3D HAND.
Millergan Lowe was left with no fingers on his left hand and a useless thumb after his mum Hayley suffered with amniotic band syndrome while she was pregnant.
This meant the blood flow was restricted to his hand, stunting its development, and has meant basic childhood landmarks, like learning to tie his shoe laces or ride a bike, have been impossible.
Fortunately for the seven-year-old, American charity e-NABLE arranged for Stephen Dignam to build the red, orange and blue 3D printed prosthetic for him.
Grateful dad Mark, from Thurmaston, Leics, said: “The new hand has changed Millergan’s life.
“Almost immediately he could pick up a cup, turn the pages of a book and catch a ball.
“This weekend we are going to try getting him to ride his bike.
“Already he is using it pretty well.
“We are all so excited. It does show that there are people out there who care.”
His parents, Mark and Hayley, read about two children who had a prosthetic hands created with a 3D printer.
It sparked a response from an American charity E-nable, which put the family in touch with Stephen Dignam, in Dublin, who created the hand.
The fabric hand is known as the “raptor re-loaded” model. It is bright blue with red knuckles and orange fingers – all chosen by Millergan.
Millergan said: “I love my new hand, especially the fingers.
“They help me to pick up things and I am looking forward to riding my bike.
“It is something I have always wanted to do.”
Mum Hayley said the family now wanted to fund-raise for the charity which made Millergan’s hand possible.
Creator Stephen, from Dublin, has been involved with the charity since January 2014 and this was the fifth device he had made.
He said: “I was completely intrigued as to the potential of what my 3D printer could achieve for such a worthy cause.
“The fingers and thumb on the hand are tensioned back to a block on the gauntlet arm piece by individual lines for every digit, usually heavy duty fishing line.
“By flexing the wrist in the opposite direction to the block approximately 15-30 degrees, it allows the fingers to close so allowing for grip.
“Five more elastic lines allow for the fingers to snap back to the open position when the wrist is relaxed back to normal resting position.
“This may not always be suitable for everyone’s need, but this is a community that doesn’t give up and for every problem someone is working towards a solution.”