At a time when bad things are happening all around us in the world (I’m specifically thinking of Australians on death row – I can’t seem to get this out of my head) as well as natural disasters and terrorism, it’s always heartening to hear a story that restores your faith and delivers hope.
Such a story came to my attention today. When looking through my Facebook, a friend had shared a story about a little boy who had been born with a left arm and only part of his right arm. His loving parents found out about e-NABLE, a community of international volunteers who design, develop and produce 3-D printed arms using 3-D modelling software for anyone who needs one. The personalised arm (Limbitless Arm) for this little boy contained all the sensors and electronic components (at the small cost of only $350) and his mother reports that it has completely changed his life. I’m sure there are many more medical technologies which are equally exciting as this, but I just love how these are developed by VOLUNTEERS! Wendy had mentioned about her own son who is deaf, and her personal wonder at the way technology has advanced to such a point that his new hearing aids will be hardly noticeable.
I just felt this was such a beautiful story and I wanted to share it with you.
Please read more about this little boy, Alex Pring here.