what this means
8-YEAR-OLD-GIRL FROM UTAH HAS A NEW LEFT HAND THANKS TO HHP
Elise was the first child from another state which we were able to successfully build and ship a custom fit prosthetic hand to without fitting it in person, opening up the possibility of creating prostheses for children across the country.
"Even though she was doing fantastic without it, it was really neat to see her be able to have a hand for things she just otherwise couldn't do."
–Cameron Wright, Elise's father
In the U.S. alone, there are at least 125 cases of children born per year with missing fingers on one, or both, of their hands. This loss of function may be restored with a prosthetic device, but the costs are high. The devices are often expensive and children may quickly outgrow them and need to buy another. Many families, therefore, will not be able to provide their child with a needed device.
It is the mission of The Helping Hand Project to use forward thinking and innovative technologies to provide useful prosthetic devices to those that are financially and medically in need at no cost to the patient or their family.
We use 3D printing and other emerging technologies to build prosthetic devices for children in need. Volunteers, primarily students at UNC Chapel Hill, use available resources and crowd-sourced donations to skillfully produce prosthetic devices at no cost to children or their families.
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The Helping Hand Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating prosthetic devices for children in need. Any and all donations we receive go towards materials for prostheses, printer maintenance costs, research and development of improved designs, and other financial needs to best suit the children. We would greatly appreciate your donation and assistance in spreading the word!
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