A group of Siena College students in Albany, NY has made nine-year-old Karissa Mitchell very happy by gifting her a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that is inspired by her favorite movie “Frozen.” The students are members of the Siena College chapter of E-NABLE, and organization dedicated to creating 3D-printed limbs for those who need them and distributing them free of charge.
Karissa, who was born without a right hand, was gifted the device this past June. “It will be for simple use cases, things everyone can take for granted, so picking up a ball and giving it to her dominant hand to throw,” says Alyx Gleason, a Siena College student and E-NABLE member.
The hand is a light blue ice color embellished with a snowflake design. It emits a gentle light, evoking scenes from the popular Disney movie. Young Mitchell was excited to receive the prosthetic and doubly excited about the design. “It feels like I have a real hand, but it’s cool because of the light,” she said.
Mitchell’s family was also on hand to witness her receiving and using the device for the first time. Her father was especially excited to witness the moment. “She picked up an orange and her facial expression was just priceless,” he said in an interview.
E-NABLE is a grassroots organization of individuals and institutions from all over the world who volunteer use of their 3D printers to create 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assisting device.