Girl, 7, gets new hand from 3-D printer

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LAKEWOOD, Calif. - A 7-year-old girl whose arm was amputated due to complications from condition she had at birth received a replacement appendage on Tuesday.

Traditional prosthetics can cost up to $40,000, according to an advocacy group, but Faith Lennox’s new hand cost her family a mere $50.  That’s in part because it was created by a 3-D printer.

“Thank you,” Faith said repeatedly as she tried out the new hand.

Watching his daughter take a test ride on her bike, Faith’s father Greg Lennox said he was amazed.

“It’s a very, very good day,” Greg Lennox said. “A very emotional day.”

Faith’s left forearm and hand were amputated when she was 9 months old, according to Build It Workspace, where her new limb was printed in 24 hours. It took less than a month to design and plan for the hand, and the final pieces were printed Tuesday morning.

The family was put in touch with Build It Workspace President Mark Lengsfeld through the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit devoted to children with different abilities related to their limbs.

Lengsfeld authorized full use of the facility to make Faith’s hand.

“It’s just an amazing opportunity to be here just to help her,” Lengsfeld said.

Faith chose her favorite colors for the design of her hand: pink, purple, blue and orange.

She said she looked forward to coloring and riding her bike — and showing it to her friends.

Read more of Faith's story at KTLA.

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