Illinois high school students make 3-D hand for girl

Kylie Wicker
Kylie Wicker

ROCKFORD, ILL. (WTVO/CNN) — A little girl in Illinois born without fingers on her left hand is about to get the gift of a lifetime, thanks to some good friends and a 3-D printer.

Kylie Wicker is just a regular nine-year-old girl, who says she enjoys the simple things in life like outdoor activities.

“I can finally ride my bike!” Kylie exclaimed.

But though she keeps a smile on her face, there are times that she breaks down.

“She’s always been pretty positive about it, but lately when she was breaking down, it was kinda hard,” Kylie’s father Jeromy Wicker said.

But that’s all about to change thanks to students at Boylan High School.

The staff at the school received an e-mail from Kylie’s dad last month about making a prosthetic hand through their 3-D printer.

3-D printed hand
3-D printed hand

“He had seen online that you could make a 3-D printout of the fingers on a plastic printer, and he knew we had one,” Boylan teacher Bud May said.

And in just a few days Kylie can wear it.

“Coming really fast, because I’m going to get it on Friday, and it’s really exciting,” Kylie said,

Normally, a prosthetic hand could cost thousands of dollars.

“20 to you know 50 thousand, and then you have to take in that only being 9 years old, and the way she grows, you know she will grow out of them,” Kylie’s mother Sharon Wicker said.

But you won’t believe how much the 3D printed hand at Boylan will cost.

“The total cost of this will be barely 5 dollars, maybe a dollar’s worth of plastic, and a couple bucks for the fasteners,” May said.

And although the cost is cheap, the impact is priceless.

“To ride a bike, and to be able to grab the handle bars, and to be able to balance. There is a lot that has gone through my mind that she can do,” Wicker said.

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