A Glenrothes girl is experiencing a whole new lease of life thanks to the latest technology.
Nine-year-old Kady Hutchison was born with an under developed left hand. She has a thumb and a pinky, but no fingers and as a result she finds it hard to grip things. She’s never been able to do certain things like ride a bike or play instruments.
However now, thanks to American charity e-NABLE, her life has changed completely. The youngster has received a mechanical hand, produced by a 3D printer, meaning she can now grip things with her left hand.
Fiona, Kady’s mum, explained: “Kady was flicking through a newspaper when she saw a girl in Inverness who had received one.
“She brought it to us and asked ‘would I be able to have one?’ My husband, George, emailed e-NABLE to find out about it.
“They match you up with someone near you that has a 3D printer and will print it for you. They work out what specifications would work best.
“The hand goes over the front of her hand like a glove and it’s recessed so her hand fits in the back. When she flexes her wrist it pulls the fingers to grip.”
The South Parks pupil, who has two younger sisters Leah and Lola, received the new hand on Monday.
Fiona said:“It’s absolutely amazing so far. The day after she got it she took it straight in to school and she talked about it in assembly.
“She’s always struggled for little things. She could never grip a bike handle or play tennis with people at school as she couldn’t grip the ball.
“And now that’s suddenly changed. It’s been a very emotional week seeing her do all these things now.”
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Having found herself able to do a lot of things she’d not been able to before, Kady was keen to let other people in a similar situation know that e-NABLE can help.
Fiona said: “Kady has realised there are other children like her in Fife that have no idea that e-NABLE exists. If she hadn’t looked at that paper on that particular day we wouldn’t know about it.
“She wanted to let other people know so they could possibly receive help through the charity too.”
e-NABLE sees people across the world coming together to create, innovate and give a ‘helping hand’ to those that need it - whether it is helping to print parts, creating a completed device or helping to guide them as they build one themselves.
To find out more visit enablingthefuture.org/