New prosthetic lets girl play with toys using both hands

The 3D-printed hand was specially created for four-year-old Kara McNair.

A new prosthetic has allowed a four-year-old girl to play with her toys using both hands for the first time.

The 3D printed prosthetic was tailor-made for Kara McNair, who was born without fingers on her left hand.

Kara, from Paisley, was born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition which entraps limbs in the womb.

After struggling to find help her parents approached Handprints E-nable Scotland, a student group at the University of Glasgow which makes artificial hands for free.

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The new hand, which has a My Little Pony theme, allows Kara to do many simple tasks she was previously unable to.

Her mother Angela said: “I’ve had tears – it’s amazing to see her with two hands.

“Even though it’s made from a 3D printer, it’s just one of those things you think you’re never going to see her with.”

Angela said she felt guilty after Kara was born, as if the condition was her fault.

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She said: “All we wanted was parents with the same issues to speak to them, to see how they dealt with it.

“I ended up with post natal depression, blaming myself. My husband blamed himself.”

The student team took Kara’s measurements and 3D printed an artificial hand.

The new prosthetic was delivered shortly before Christmas, allowing Kara to play with her favourite toys including My Little Pony.


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