If there ever is an example of never giving up on chasing your dreams, this is it. This girl started with just one wish, and it has turned into something amazing!
You may remember an article earlier this summer about a 7-year-old girl with a 3D-printed hand (if not, click here). Hailey Dawson is a big baseball fan, and her wish was to throw the first pitch at every baseball stadium in Major League Baseball.
Last Saturday, on Game 4 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hailey was given the opportunity to throw the first pitch. Her prosthetic hand allows her to grip objects that she normally would not be able to hold on to, including a bat and baseballs.
Hailey was born a rare condition known as Poland syndrome, meaning she was born without a pectoral muscle on her right side. The lack of blood flow to her arm caused her right hand to not fully develop. She only has two fingers on her right hand and an underdeveloped thumb.
Since everyone in Hailey’s family is big baseball fans, it was tough for Hailey not to be able to hold a baseball bat or throw a baseball. When she was 4-years-old, doctors told her parents that prosthetics were not a feasible option since she would keep outgrowing them as she got older.
Hailey’s success with her 3D printed hand has doctors and scientist rethinking their approach to children’s prosthetics. She is a pioneer towards making prosthetic limbs cheaper and more readily available to those in need, especially for children.
Watch Hailey’s pitch in the video below! She even had a special golden World Series hand made for her!
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