By: Rabi Imran
“Hands are those organs in our body that are used the most by us voluntarily in our daily life. Though we take it for granted unless some incident hit us hard and shake us from the inside.”
Wazeera, a young girl from Punjab Pakistan, was preparing fodder for an animal when her right hand accidentally went into the chaff cutter machine. In a panic, she tried to rescue her right hand with her left hand — but to add to her misery, both her hands went into the chaff cutter machine. She shouted for help, and her mother quickly turned off the machine switch. Yet, both of her hands were amputated by the sharp blades of the machine.
Wazeera belongs to a poor family, and they could not afford an expensive bionic hand, which starts at USD 15,000. Wazeera heard that Grit 3D provides free-of-cost prosthetics to upper limb amputees, so a friend brought her all the way from Punjab to Karachi to seek help.
Grit 3D is an innovative Product Design and Development company that works with enablingthefuture.org to provide prosthetics to amputees. The case of Wazeera was not a standard one we regularly encounter: both of her hands were amputated, and she wanted to take care of her baby and do household work independently.
“My husband is very supportive, he feeds me and takes care of Adil (her 8 month old son). When he is out for work, I cannot eat anything but have to wait for him to come back.” Wazeera explains. “I want to eat with my own hands, cook food, feed my baby, change his diapers and do household work”
The Grit 3D team decided to make two different prosthetics for her, based on her amputation level and how she wanted to use her hands.
We redesigned the regular Phoenix Hand for her left hand with a spoon/fork holder attachment that enabled her to eat independently.
We printed the new Gripper Palm Remixed version for her right hand, which enabled her to hold things while maintaining the aesthetics close to a normal hand. This version would also enable her to feed her baby Adil. Gripper Remixed is a new version introduced by the Grit 3D team and now available for makers and volunteers of the e-NABLE community.
Grit 3D provided extensive rehabilitation to Wazeera in Karachi. She is adapting quickly and was eager to use prosthetics, which would help her in her daily life.
During the rehab process, we ensured that her husband’s support. He ensured that she would be able to now eat independently with the help of spoon/fork. It was a true sign of relief for both of them.
This fast-paced iteration and innovation is only made possible with two main factors: collaboration and 3D printing.
3D Printing helps us quickly iterate and validate our ideas by testing them on recipients. Without 3D printing, a strong team, and the synergy e-NABLE network, the iteration would require a lot of time and money.
Grit 3D is committed in helping people with limb differences around the globe and continuing to introduce more functional and aesthetically pleasing prosthetics for the world to 3D Print.
——————-This article is an original e-NABLE Newsletter publication——————-