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A five-year-old South African boy born without any fingers on his right hand has become the first person to be fitted with an innovative new prosthetic hand.
The hand is the result of a collaborative process that used cutting edge 3-D printing technology to ensure that despite being located thousands of miles apart, the inventors were able to liaise, swap designs, and share information.
In December 2011, Van As, who lost the fingers of his right hand in a woodworking accident, saw a YouTube video of a huge mechanical hand that mechanical engineer Ivan Owen had built for fun and was inspired by the potential for building a similar device on a smaller scale to help people like himself. So began a process which led to the design of the new Robohand which Van As and Owen are making available freely.
They want to help others who are in need of prosthetics and are in need to donations, you can follow them at www.comingupshorthanded.com, where you can also catch videos of Liam and the unfolding of the process.