KSI delivers country’s first 3D printed prosthetic hands

Mauricio Aguirre, (left) “fist-bumps” his twin brother with his new device

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Knightsbridge Schools International Panama (KSI) delivered two 3D printed, prosthetic hands to children who are missing digits on Tuesday, June 2. These are the first 3D printed prosthetic devices printed, assembled, fitted and delivered in Panama. The event was attended by Dr. Nélida Ortíz de Loiza, General Director National Secretariat of Disability (SENADIS), and Melina Brown, the Director of Operations for the e-NABLE Community Foundation, the group that facilitates the delivery of low-cost prosthetic devices to children around the world.

e-NABLE and the Enable Community Foundation

As the world’s largest and most active open source prosthetics community, e-NABLE has produced and delivered hundreds of 3D printed devices to recipients in at least 37 countries and continues to innovate low-cost 3D printed prostheses.

Mauricio Aguirre, (left) “fist-bumps” his twin brother with his new device

Mauricio Aguirre, (left) “fist-bumps” his twin brother with his new device (Photo: Kari King).

John Wong & Mauricio

John Wong & Mauricio (Photo: Kari King).

The two Panamanian boys who received 3D printed, prosthetic hands are Angel Moreno, age 13, from Pese, Chitre; and Mauricio Aguirre, age 8, from Panama City, Panama. Mr. John Wong, an e-NABLE volunteer and 3D printed hand recipient, demonstrated how he uses his device. A group of interested, locally-practicing physicians also participated.

Working with the U.S. based e-NABLE Community Foundation, KSI Technology Teacher, Mickey Keats, coordinated the efforts along with a team of KSI students and staff, community volunteers and Panama’s SENADIS organization. More information about their group can found at EnablePanama.org

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