Hailey Dawson, a girl with a rare defect that left her without three fingers on her right hand, wanted to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark.
In heartwarming news, several teams from Major League Baseball (MLB) have got together to make a seven year old girl’s dream come true. As per a report on Dailydot.com, Hailey Dawson, a girl with a rare defect that left her without three fingers on her right hand, wanted to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark. As per the report, a number of teams on Thursday came forward, agreeing to let her throw out the first pitch.
The report says that 7-year old girl is spreading awareness for Poland Syndrome, a rare disorder found in one of every 20,000 newborns. As per the report, the rare disease causes an underdeveloped chest wall on one side and occasionally affects fingers. The second grader is missing her pointer, middle, and ring finger. However, she wants to prove to people that kids with prosthetics can live normal lives too. The girl uses a specially designed 3D-printed hand created by researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The reports say that it took several years and many prototypes to find a hand that fit comfortably. The girl now owns six different hands that are made of hard plastic and are held together by fishing lines, the report says.
7-year-old Hailey Dawson wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand pic.twitter.com/onStqhEzyB
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 7, 2017
Sounds great! Can you DM us Hailey’s info, so we can reach out?
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 7, 2017
3D-printing is an alternative to prosthetics however, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars. With her plastic fingers, the girl can do just about anything other six-year-olds are capable of, including tossing a baseball. “(The 3-D printed hand) is operated by wrist movement,” Yong Dawson, her mom, was quoted as saying by MASNsports. “When Hailey’s wrist goes to a down motion, the fingers will grasp and when it goes in the up motion, the fingers release,” she adds.