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Chinese Boy is Becomes First to Receive 3D-Printed Hand


A boy in China who was badly burned in a fire has become the country’s first burn victim to receive a 3D-printed hand this week.

Five-year-old Xiaohu (literally, ‘Little Tiger’) fell into a fire pit two years ago while his parents were away from their hometown of Dawu County, Hubei, to look for work.

Doctors were forced to amputate his left arm after the fire left him with burns to 45% of his body.

The boy’s parents received a phone call earlier this year about the operation, and on Thursday specialists in a hospital in Wuhan successful attached the 3D-printed hand.

China News reported that the boy’s father was overcome with emotion to see his son once again able to grasp objects and ride a bike.

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At a fraction of the price of a standard prosthetic hand, 3D-print technology is becoming increasingly popular among doctors in China and around the world.

In July of this year, a three-old-old baby girl became the first person in the world to have her entire skull reconstructed by 3D printers.