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She Was Born Without a Left Arm So a Guy in Independence Made a 3D One for Her

When Emma Ranshaw was born, it was discovered that her left arm had not fully developed. Apparently, while in the womb, the arm became entangled and stop growing.

But now, thanks to the help of an Independence man who has become a 3D printing enthusiast, 8-year old Emma now has a fully functioning limb.

A hot pink one at that, which is even better because that is her favorite color.

What is she looking forward to most? "Raising my hand in class," she said. Her favorite subject is math

The River City News was invited to the Ft. Wright home of Emma's grandparents. Grandmother Eenie Ranshaw, a former physical education teacher at Ft. Wright Elementary, knew John Richardson when he was a kid as she was his counselor at Camp Ernst. Now grown up, Richardson, a computer repair specialist who owns NKY Tech Center and who prints 3D products at his home, was inspired to help Emma. He said the work on Emma's new arm took about 20 hours of non-stop printing.

Emma lives in Union Township with her parents, Bo & Becky Ranshaw. 

Richardson refers to the project as the "Raptor Hand" and he was introduced to the process of creating it by e-Nable who put him in contact with an experienced designer in Brazil. The Rochester Institute of Technology was also helpful, he said. 

Contributors to the project included Bill Winegardner of Ace Hardware in Independence who donated all the screws, PVC pipe, and glue. "He was irreplaceable by helping me on numerous visits to the store and loaning me a tool for one of the tasks," Richardson said. 

Nick Norris, owner of Photo 3D Printing in Findlay, Ohio also contributed. "After finding some of Nick's minor enhancements to the hand and arm online, he was kind enough to take several emails and phone calls from me with questions," Richardson said. "His advice and shared photos of his project were also a huge help in the assembly process."

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Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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