Girl born without a left hand receives 3-D-printed prosthesis to play violin

Five university students created the prosthetic hand for Isabella Cabrera.

ByABC News
April 24, 2017, 11:34 AM

— -- A 10-year-old girl’s musical dreams have come true, thanks to university students and cutting-edge technology.

Isabella Cabrera of Virginia was born without a left hand. On Thursday she received a custom-made prosthesis created by five bioengineering students at George Mason University so she could play the violin.

“I think it’s going to help me by having more control with the strings and the notes,” she told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

The process of creating the hand began last fall and included 100 hours of design and testing. The prosthesis was completed using a 3-D printer.

Yassar al-Hindi, who helped create Isabella’s prosthesis, said, “Making an impact on someone’s life — it’s just a very good feeling.”

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