Five-year-old boy gets ‘Iron Man’ prosthetic hand, throws 1st pitch
Jack was born with a thumb on his right hand but no other fingers. But after Jack’s mother reached out to the non-profit group e-NABLE-Siena College in New York, volunteer students produced a 3-D printed prosthetic that looks like it’s part of the costume worn by Iron Man, one of Jack’s favorite superheroes.
"He’s been counting down the days for it to arrive," Jack’s father John told WSYX-ABC 6.
The Siena students who created the device presented it to Jack at his daycare facility on Tuesday, where he tried it out for the first time and became the envy of his classmates. The volunteers even outfitted the hand with a glow-in-the-dark laser.
"We were able to print out out certain designs that would allow him to use his thumb," one of the students explained, "and with the actuation of his wrist, be able to use these other 3-D printed fingers when he closes his wrist, the fingers close, when he opens his wrist, the fingers open."
Though Jack threw a pretty sharp pitch for a 5-year-old regardless.
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Major League Baseball’s stance on Marvel Comics-inspired equipment aside, he just might become the next Jim Abbott.