Virginia high school student Gabriel Fillippini decided to help his 6-year-old brother Lucas Fillippini, who was born without a left hand, in a pretty amazing way – by using the school’s 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand.
“Gabriel came to me and kind of asked if we could print out a prosthetic hand, and I was kind of taken aback by it,” said Kurt O’Connor, a teacher at Park View. “I said, ‘I don’t know, I guess we could try.'”
Through the help of the community and an organization called Enabling the Future, who provided him with free designs for the hand, 16-year-old Fillippini was able to make his dream a reality, according to NBC Washington.
On Lucas’ 6th birthday, he received a new hand.
“It’s nice to do things with my both hands,” Lucas said, adding that he is grateful that kids can no longer ask about his “little hand.”
A Va. HS student's request to use the school's 3-D printer soon became a life-changing milestone for his brother https://t.co/G6JgvSN9Jl
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