LAKE CHARLES, La. — Engineering students at a Lake Charles high school are creating a prosthetic hand to help a child who has been missing three fingers since birth.
The students and their teachers will use a 3-D printer to make a hand for Harley Guy, third grader at Gillis Elementary, the American Press reported (http://bit.ly/2cCe6GO ).
Harley is missing the fingers because he was born with amniotic band syndrome. His mother, Mandy Hooper, said Harley can do almost anything he wants with his existing right hand, but a prosthetic will help.
“It gives him the opportunity to have fingers and use his right hand with fingers,” she said.
Harley visited the engineering students last week, and design teacher Marielle Myers took three molds of his hand in a gooey plaster. Students measured his hand and wrist. Harley tried on a sample hand that Myers made during the summer. He practiced picking up objects and bending the fingers and took it home for the weekend.
Myers said the students this week are casting the molds and designing the hand, which they hope to have ready by the end of the month.
Harley has chosen for his 3-D printed hand to have black and glow-in-the-dark pink pieces, his mother said.
The family of another Calcasieu Parish district student has contacted Myers about creating a hand for their child, and Myers said she hopes to work on it soon.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com