8-Year-Old with 3D-Printed Hand to Throw Opening Pitch for Red Sox on #Journeyto30

Eight-year-old Hailey Dawson has made waves in the world of Major League Baseball (MLB), thanks to the work of her new prosthetic 3D-printed hand.

According to Sports Illustrated, Dawson was born with a birth defect where she’s missing three fingers on her throwing hand – a condition known as Poland Syndrome. The prosthetic hand was engineered by students and professors at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and 3D-printed by Stratasys. The hand, branded by the University as “Robohand”, simply opens and closes with a flick of the wrist.

With her new 3D-printed hand, Dawson was determined to pitch at all 30 MLB stadiums. And like other MLB teams, the Red Sox were ready to be a part of Dawson’s #Journeyto30. She’s already pitched at 20 stadiums so far – with another 10 to go – and the time has finally come for Dawson to pitch with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 12, getting her one step closer to completing the #Journeyto30.

Check out Hailey’s customized Red Sox prosthetic hand!

To read more about 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, you can check out our blog post here.

Nafisa Mazumdar

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Nafisa is a second-year student at the University of Virginia looking to major in Media Studies but is open to wherever life takes her. She grew up between Bangladesh, Pakistan and America and is most passionate about news writing, Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwiches, and dog memes.