When you look at people suffering from different kinds of diseases and illnesses you are moved, inspired or wish you could do something for those suffering with health issues.
Imagine a two year old girl not being able to accomplish simple but important activities like hugging her mother, eating or just playing with toys because of the failure to lift arms.
Emma, a two year old girl was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), a rare disease that cripples joints and limbs.
But the engineers at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children not just found a solution to this issue but also created a pathbreaking innovation in the field of Healthcare and Technology. The engineers used a 3D printer to create a durable exoskeleton that helps one lift arms.
Emma was able to lift candy to her mouth for the first time while wearing the supportive plastic vest.
The Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) is made of hinged metal bars, resistance bands and little 3D printed parts. Emma calls them her “magic arms.”
The little girl was one of the first patients to wear the WREX. Now, about 15 of the hospital’s youngest patients are wearing the lightweight vests. 3D printing makes customization of parts easier. When a piece breaks, on-demand printers enable quick fixes. The engineers can also create large parts according to different sizes.
“She outgrew the first one and now we’re on our second one and it’s still evolving,” said Emma’s mother, Megan Lavelle. “It’s still growing into this incredible prosthetic that helps her to use her arms.” Watch the video above to learn more.
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