GREATEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Students build hand for 4-year-old

Posted on: 4:13 pm, December 19, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:42pm, December 21, 2013


CEDAR SPRINGS, MI. - A young girl from Cedar Springs, Michigan has received an early Christmas present: A new prosthetic hand.

Harmony Taylor, 4, has a limb difference disorder and was born without a right hand. She quickly outgrew her first prosthetic, and her family couldn’t afford a replacement.

The first prosthetic cost $5,000, and Harmony’s mother, Melanie Peterman, said insurance wouldn’t cover a replacement.Capture

So, members of the Grand Rapids West Catholic robotics team built her one.

The team then built a robo-hand, which is made of plastic and elastic cables, reflects Harmony’s wrist movements, and is capable of bending, picking up things and even catching a ball.