VIDEO: Five-Year-Old With Robotic Hand Throws Cutest First Pitch Ever
Meet Hailey Dawson. She is a five-year-old Baltimore Orioles fan who was born with Poland disease, a rare birth defect that causes the underdevelopment of some muscles in the body. Of course that didn't stop her from throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles game on Monday, as she was wearing her Flexy-Hand 2; a 3-D printed prosthetic device.
So basically she's pretty amazing and definitely the perfect pick for a fun night of baseball with her favorite player, Manny Machado.
And here she is being the most adorable thing ever as she meets Machado on the field for her pitch while receiving abundant cheers from the crowd.
It doesn't get any better than that.
Apparently Hailey isn't the only inspirational one in her family either. According to MASN, it was her mom who had the idea for developing her hand. She went to the engineering students at UNLV to see if they could help with designing such a device. They managed to design it using a 3-D printer, which is just a fraction of the cost of what a traditional prosthetic would be.
Professor Brendan O'Toole, chair of mechanical engineering at UNLV, told KTNV about how the prosthetic works.
"[The 3-D printed hand] is operated by wrist movement," Yong said. "When Hailey's wrist goes to a down motion, the fingers will grasp and when it goes in the up motion, the fingers release."
Pretty amazing, right? Not only have Hailey and her family found a way to overcome her disability and give her the opportunity of a young kid's lifetime, but they also may have helped others who could benefit from this extremely cost effective option.
Here's an incredible close up shot of the prosthetic from Hailey's Instagram account. It even has the Oriole's logo on it!
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