Special needs student Cody Henry is beyond excited after receiving a 3D hand that was gifted to him by his teachers. The staff at the TC Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C. rallied to make this dream possible after they had received a 3D printer from the county.
Henry was born with a left hand that never fully developed. He's lived his whole life without being able to pick things up with his left hand. So, when his teachers approached him with the idea he was totally on board.
They made the 3D hand blue and yellow, mirroring the school colors.
"I love it! I always wanted to use this hand." he said of the hand made on campus.
"We had just been given a 3-D printer from our county and we thought how cool it would be to print Cody a hand. So, we got a lot of people involved in helping us do that."
—Teresa Hudson, teacher
Once the school was notified that they would be receiving a 3D printer the staff started researching for this special project. They knew they wanted to help Henry. "He has the most wonderful attitude," said teacher Teresa Hudson.
They found a website called Enabling the Future, which provides kits for such devices.
It took 14 hours to print, something of a miracle. Technology assistant Joe Cummings said the cost of the kit and materials was less than $50.
"I feel like he has transitioned extremely well, after so many years of not using this arm in a functional way."
—Melinda Beaver, Cody's Occupational therapist
Occupational therapist Melinda Beaver is helping Henry adjust to his new hand.
After weeks of using it at school, Henry is ready for the big moment. "Take it home!" Henry declared. It's proof that in right hands, technology produces compassion in 3D.