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West Catholic Robotics Team Builds Hand For 4-Year-Old Girl; Story Goes Viral

The West Catholic High School robotics team used a 3D printer to build a prosthetic hand for a 4-year-old girl when her insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of a new one.

It’s an amazing story we first heard about in mid-December.

The story has since received nationwide attention.

It’s a story worth revisiting. reports:

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.

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

Harmony’s preschool teacher found a local person with a 3D printer who created an image of Harmony’s hand to help the team craft the robotic prosthetic.

It’s a great story and it has received a lot of coverage, especially after the story hit the Associated Press. Here are just a few of the places that have covered the story:

Great job, West Catholic students!

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