4-Year-Old Harmony Taylor Gets A New 'Robohand' After Students Build Her A 3D-Printed Prosthetic

Philip Ross | International Business Times | December 22, 2013

Most of us get socks and sweaters for Christmas, but 4-year-old Harmony Taylor of Cedar Springs, Mich., is getting something much more extraordinary. The preschool student got a new prosthetic hand for the holiday. 

According to MLive, Taylor was born with a condition called “limb difference,” which stunted the growth of fingers on her right hand. The 4-year-old outgrew her previous prosthetic hand, which set her family back $5,000, and was in need of a new one. That’s when students from Grand Rapids West Catholic High School stepped in. The West Catholic robotics team built Taylor a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer and instructions from a South Africa-based company called Robohand.

"I am so excited because this is going to make her more independent," the girl’s mother, Melanie Peterman, told MLive. "There are things like tying her shoes and playing certain games at school that you kind of need two hands for. "