3-year-old's uncle builds prosthetic hand

3-year-old's uncle builds prosthetic hand

HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A three-year-old girl born with only one hand has her uncle to thank for an increase in mobility. The senior in High School built a prosthetic hand.
HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A three-year-old girl born with only one hand has her uncle to thank for an increase in mobility. The senior in High School built a prosthetic hand.

Nora's Mom Marilee Ellsworth explained, "When she was born, we had no prior knowledge that she didn't have a hand."

Despite the potential set back, Nora can do almost everything; unlock doors, ride her scooter, draw and for anything she can't her uncle tanner came up with a fix.

Uncle Tanner Day said, "I built a prosthetic hand."

Tanner and Nora's parents saw a story on TV about a group in South Africa making prosthetic hands for kids who need them there. So they got the plans from the internet and Tanner got to work.

Tanner said, "I got a hold of the plans and got the designs and everything I needed and built one for my niece."

That might seem like quite the undertaking and while it was, this Herriman High School senior has always had a gift.

Tanner said, "I've always like to build stuff, I was the duct tape guru."

Using those talents and equipment in his engineering classes school, Tanner built what Nora calls her robot hand!

Tanner explained, "We built it so when she flexes her wrist down, it pushes the fingers down with it."

Tanner won state science competitions for the robot hand and will go to a national competition this summer. But that is just an extra bonus. The real success, the smile on Nora's face and the possibilities of what this will do to her life.


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