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Kansas Teen Builds a Prosthetic Hand for a Family Friend

March 20, 2014

Kansas Teen Builds a Prosthetic Hand for a family friend – for $60 using a 3D printer.

 

When 9-year-old Matthew Shields started third grade at a new school last year, he was hounded by questions. "What's wrong with your hand?" his classmates asked him. "How did it get like that?"

 

Matthew, who was born without fingers on his right hand, became insecure. "My little guy, who had always been so confident started hiding his hand in his shirt," says his mother, Jennifer, 44, a special-needs teacher and single mom living in Miami County, Kansas. "He was starting to withdraw," she says. "It was heartbreaking."

 

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