Giving Back to Cincinnati Children in Need
A local 13-year old boy named Brody who was born with a partial right hand, was the first person to receive an EnableUC hand.
While other children his age began to ride their bikes and play sports, Brody became increasingly frustrated that he wasn’t able to participate. His disability made it difficult to steer a bike, grasp a tennis racket or hold a lacrosse stick.
Knorr recalls EnableUC’s initial meeting with Brody, “We met him last November to get his palm measurements to design a custom-fit pearl white hand. We didn’t know it at the time, but Brody was a huge Star Wars fan, and his custom-made hand looked just like that of a Stormtrooper. Needless to say, he was thrilled to wear it at the Star Wars movie premiere last month!”
The 3D-printed hands are produced at UC BME facilities at Victory Parkway Campus, as well as from a clinical engineering facility at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Matthew Batie, a clinical engineer at CCHMC, has donated a great amount his own materials and time towards EnableUC’s cause.
Currently, EnableUC 3D-printed hands are able to grasp medium-sized objects such as cups and water bottles, and allows children to perform activities such as riding a bike or playing tennis. Several months have passed since Brody received his new hand, and EnableUC was delighted to receive feedback from Brody’s mother that he has been enjoying his new hand, and is even able to throw and catch a ball with it. EnableUC projects to improve the prosthetic design in order for children to control the individual fingers needed to pick up a pencil or utilize an eating utensil.
Select to watch Brody test out his new Enable UC 3D-printed hand