9-year-old Karissa Mitchell was boring without her right hand, but thanks to some innovative students at Sienna College, she’s ready to start having a lot more fun.
“It’s awesome!” Karissa said when she was presented with her 3-D printed Frozen themed prosthetic, according to a press release from the college, explain that it felt like the had a “real hand.”
According to the school, while it only took 30 hours to create the arm with a 3-D printer, along with another two hours to assemble, nearly six months went into research and testing. That work was done by the e-NABLE team — an eight member group with the tagline, “enabling the future” as their website byline.
The e-NABLE team has had more than one successful prosthetic project, which is why Karissa’s family approached them. They heard about their work on an Iron Manthemes prosthetic a year ago and reached out on behalf of their daughter. Her new prosthetic will enable her to clasp things, shake hands and even grab things.
Thanks to the e-NABLE team and the technology shared with Enabling the Future teams across the country, Karissa’s life and many others is about to get a little bit easier.
(h/t Inside Edition)
In case one heart-warming video isn’t enough for you today (…is it ever?!), meet Jack. The boy Sienna College’s e-NABLE team created an Iron Man prosthetic for that inspired Karissa’s parents to reach out to them.