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(21 Apr 2017) Ten-year-old Isabella Cabrera does not have a left hand but is learning to play the violin, thanks to a special prosthetic device designed by students at George Mason University and built from a 3D printer.
Isabella's music teacher is a graduate of the school and he asked its engineering department if it could help with an improved prosthetic.
Isabella and her mom met the team on Thursday to fit her with the latest version of the prosthetic device.
The ten-year-old was born without a left hand and only partial bone from her elbow to her wrist, and she attends Island Creek Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.
Her design team consists of five senior bioengineering students at George Mason who made the device of PVC pipe as a senior project at the university.
"I've always had perseverance in myself," Isabella said. "Giving up has just never been a thought in my head."

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