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Prosthetic progress

Saraphina Mann, Copy editor

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High school and college students in Cincinnati, Ohio, have recently presented a new form of prosthetics that could make prosthetics more accessible to handicapped children. The prosthetics, hands made out of plastic, can be delivered to the patient within a week. These hands help children perform basic activities, such as riding a bicycle or catching a football. However, these plastic prosthetics are not meant to replace more advanced ones, but rather give quick aid to financially struggling families.

Using the city’s medical records, the students find eligible patients who could benefit from the prosthetic. The hand must be fitted for each patient and blueprints are made before production. A 3D printing program, called e-Nable, provides access to virtual designs the students use to 3D print the prosthetics.

Although this volunteer project is currently exclusive to their city, the students’ commitment to helping young citizens is sure to inspire communities worldwide. The plastic prosthetics could spark a revolution in the medical field that will provide better access for handicapped children. The effort made by these students has helped start the conversation about the need for better prosthetics and soon the whole world may be aware of the cause.

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