A young English girl, named Isabella, received a 3-D printed arm recently, and video of the actual moment she received the special gift is now a viral sensation. On August 22, Huffington Post shared Isabella’s story. A special person gifted her with the 3-D printed arm last month, and he shared video of that moment on YouTube.
Isabella is an 8-year-old girl living in Bristol, UK. It is her parents that first learned about the 3-D printed arms while browser the Internet. Her parents stumbled on the e-NABLE Facebook page, and looked through posts on the page and through the videos they posted.
e-NABLE is often trying to make their arms and hands better, and they were looking for beta testers. After doing their research, Isabella’s parents asked her if she wanted to try one of their limbs for herself, and she immediately expressed her interest.
Her parents contacted e-NABLE, and the process of making her one of their beta testers began. She received her arm earlier this year, and it was hand delivered by an e-NABLE volunteer. Stephen Davies made the 200-mile trip to Isabella’s home to hand deliver her arm. The 40-year-old man was born without a left hand, and he works with e-NABLE.
He found the company online like Isabella’s parents, and he had them make him a hand as well. After learning about the process involved, he raised money to purchase his own 3-D printer. It was his printer that created Isabella’s hand.
In a post shared on the e-NABLE site, Stephen spoke about working with the company. He said that, “I was browsing the internet one night and came upon the e-NABLE website and could not believe the hands were free. Soon after filling out my application online, I was partnered with Drew Murray who built my first hand. I was so blown away by the e-NABLE community that I had to be involved. In the course of a few months, I had raised the money to purchase a 3D printer, been approved as a maker/volunteer and had become very active behind the scenes with the R&D group, trying to improve the hand designs.”
As for Isabella, she was excited to receive her first hand, and she immediately began to figure out how to use it best. The new arm forced her to use muscles that had not previously been used before, but she began testing out what she could do with the arm, and she also felt confident to step out for a store trip with the arm on soon after receiving it.
Matt, Isabella’s father, also shared more about that experience and her new arm. He wrote that, “The impact on Isabella’s confidence was almost immediate, she’s never been a shy girl but we are aware of when she is self conscious, particularly in public places where she tends to get the odd unwanted stare or whispered question. The gadget is so bright and bold that she insisted on wearing it to the local supermarket straight after she got it and proudly strutted around wanting the world to see it. She’s been keen to show it off and explain how it works ever since she got it and to almost anyone that will listen.”
The video of Isabella receiving the arm shows her saying how much she loves her new arm. She said that, “It’s amazing and I LOVE the colors! I’m going to use it for as many things as I can!”
It is clear that this young girl received a very special gift. What do you think of Isabella’s story?