LEAGUE CITY, Tx. -- A 5-year-old league city boy got a helping hand., and now he can get a better hold on things. Keith Harris received a 3-D printed prosthetic hand, making him the first person in the Houston area to get one.
Keith was born with a rare condition called symbrachydactyly. it's where a baby's limbs don't fully develop during pregnancy.
It's often called "lucky fin"
Like Keith, some children are born without fingers on one hand.
"Yeah, I want to do this, but I can't."
Keith's mom, Kim Harris said a traditional prosthetic was out of reach for the family.
"For Keith to receive an actual prosthetic device would have cost around $40,000. We weren't sure if insurance would cover it, and it really wasn't even an option."
Kim says she's thankful for the company e-nable, that printed the 3d hand and saved her a ton of cash.
The cost is now within arm's reach.
"With a 3D printed hand, it only cost about $45 to print it."
Keith says when he wore his new 3-D hand to school his friends said it looked like a toy.
Not quite; but for Keith, he says it sure makes playtime a lot more fun.