NSHAHS Technology and Occupational Therapy
North Shore's Mr. Peter Suchmann met with Cecil Mathews, an Occupational Therapist in Queens, who is working with a 2 year old with a severe deformity of her right hand. At the meeting were students Scott Soifer and Ben Pagovich. They discussed our school's ability to 3-D Print a Prosthetic Hand for this little girl at a huge savings to the family. They reviewed all of the required measurements to be able to download and print the Phoenix V2 prosthetic hand from the Enabling the Future web site.
Enabling the Future is a network that brings kids who need a prosthetic hand together with schools who are able to print prosthetic hands. Mr. Suchmann registered NSHAHS as an official chapter last year, and we sent a hand to a child in India!
Our students will print and assemble the hand and get it ready for presentation to the family and the therapist who will work with the child one on one. We hope to get positive feedback from the child's family. Scott Soifer, Ben Pagovich, Aaron Ishal, Dylan Makani, Hadar Leybov and Hannah Shedlo
were involved in this amazing project. The family selected the desired hand and the child selected the color. The students downloaded the parts, printed them and then assembled the semi- functional hand. This hand will allow the child enough dexterity to pick things up and put them down again. If the child enjoys the hand, we can print larger prosthetics as she grows up. In a few years we hope to build motorized prosthetics that will work even better.
As a registered Chapter of the Enabling The Future network, we hope other families and physicians will reach out to us so that we can help. This is such an inspiring demonstration of technology and Chesed by our students and faculty.
Check out the great pics below!!