This young violin player got a new prosthetic arm thanks to a 3D printer
Feel like hearing a totally heartwarming story? Here’s a good one for you: A young musician got a new arm from a 3D printer. Not only that, but she had a bunch of college students rallying in her corner.
Ten-year-old Isabella Nicola has been living her life without a left hand, which made tasks like playing the violin and riding a bike even more difficult. Students from George Mason University, which is close to where Nicola lives in Virginia, decided to help by creating a prosthetic arm for her to use. By building the arm with a 3D printer, Nicola is now more capable of exploring new hobbies.
Oh, and did we mention the arm is pink? Well, it’s pink, and totally stylish.
According to The Week, Nicola’s left arm wasn’t fully developed at the time of her birth. The five students who worked on the project asked her for insight, and made a few tweaks along the way so that the arm was a perfect fit. It took roughly a year to get things right.
"I've always had perseverance in myself, and giving up has never been a thought in my head," Nicola said in an interview.
Speaking with NBC Washington, Nicola said that she probably wouldn’t be able to play any sort of instrument without the help of the college students.
"Without these people, I don't think I'd be able to play the violin. I don't think I'd be able to play any instrument," she said.
It’s so amazing that a group of college kids could truly change one individual’s life the way they did. We have a feeling that Nicola might just dedicate her first violin solo to George Mason University’s intelligent crew!