These $100 3-D-Printed Arms Are Giving Young Sudan War Amputees A Reason To Go On

Eleanor Goldberg | Huffington Post | January 23, 2014

Fifty thousand people, many of whom are children, have lost limbs in the war in Sudan. The number of victims is staggering, but one company is working to help by developing inexpensive prosthetics that can be made in about six hours.

Mick Ebeling, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs -- a group that works to "crowd-solve" daunting health care issues -- was inspired to find a way to help the mounting number of amputees in Sudan after reading a particularly heartbreaking story published by Time magazine in 2012. The piece profiled an American doctor living in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and one of his young patients, Daniel Omar.

Now 16, Omar lost both his arms to an Antonov bomb two years ago while taking care of his family’s cows.

"Without hands, I can’t do anything," he told Time. "I can’t even fight. I’m going to make such hard work for my family in the future. If I could have died, I would have."