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3D hand technology
New technology in medicine has given a little boy something truly incredible.
A Kansas City boy born without a right hand now has a new mechanical one, thanks to 3D printer technology.
Nine year old Matthew Shields was born with only a thumb on his right hand, and the rest are itty-bitty nubs.
It was never an issue until this year, when his mom noticed kids in school started picking on him.
Social stigma was taking its toll and he started coming home with his hand in his shirt.
Then his mom discovered robohand, a mechanical hand made with a 3D printer.
A family friend stepped in to make one.
When it's all done, it's pretty cool to be able to say you gave a kid a hand, gave a kid the ability to grasp something and let him high five or hand shake...It's a pretty amazing feeling.
Mason Wilde loaded blueprints from robohand onto computers at Johnson County Public Library and used their 3D printer.
Layer by layer, the hand took shape.
The process to build a hand with the 3D printer only takes about 8 hours, but it has created a lifetime of change for Matthew.
"I actually have fingers. I didn't know what the felt like until now."
When his wrist curls, so do the fingers. He can use his right hand like never before.
"It's been a huge blessing. It's changed the conversation from what happened to your hand to 'oh my gosh, that's so cool.' That's huge when you're 9 and when you're a little bit different."
Matthew is still getting used to his new hand, but with it, he feels more confident than ever.