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Students made a unique violin prosthesis for a girl without a hand

'05.05.2017'

Source: share.america.gov

Pupil of Island Creek School of Virginia Isabella Nicola Cabrera born without a left hand. In addition, her left forearm was reduced from birth. This did not prevent the girl from living a full life, going to school and interacting with her peers. But one of her dreams was not destined to be fulfilled before a certain time.

In fourth grade, the girl wanted to play the violin. Parents could not refuse their daughter in this and together with the music teacher began to look for options for classes. The teacher created a special prosthesis that allows you to work with the bow with his left hand. While the right hand girl could touch the strings of a musical instrument. At first, the classes were excellent, but later it turned out that the prosthesis was too heavy for long exercises.

A music teacher turned to bio-engineers for help at George Mason University. Abdul Good and his four friends set about developing a special lightweight prosthesis for musical violin exercises. They took the work as a thesis and sent all the forces to succeed. Several variants of the prosthesis were developed, which were immediately tested on Isabella.

20 April, the long-awaited presentation of a new, comfortable, lightweight prosthesis, consisting of three parts. With it, Isabella could hold the bow, control it and, most importantly, not get tired so quickly. The young violinist pleased the inventors of the prosthesis with not only several scales played, but also Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

Abdul Goode later admitted that he did not immediately decide to develop a prosthesis. He was confused by the huge responsibility and high hopes that the future violinist placed on him.

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