Toddler Receives “Magic Arms” from 3d Printer
2-year-old Emma was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital condition that causes multiple joint and muscle contractures.
While her legs have been responding well to a stretching treatment, doctors have not been as optimistic about her arm function. With limited capacity in her arms, Emma was unable to feed herself, play using her hands, or even hug her parents.
Luckily for the family, a Delaware hospital gave them back some hope. With their cutting edge technology, researchers were able to create a 3D printed exoskeleton for little Emma.
“She outgrew the first one and now we’re on our second one and it’s still evolving,” Emma’s mother, Megan Lavelle explained. “It’s still growing into this incredible prosthetic that helps her to use her arms.”
And so far, Emma is enjoying her newfound freedom, as she was able to feed herself candy for the very first time.
Check out her magic arms below!