“The right hand that I have is incredibly difficult to work with,” said Kara Marr, 13-years-old.
Kara Marr says she wasn’t able to do things some of her friends could.
“They were actually able to do their hair in the morning. All I could do was basically brush it, that was it,” said Marr.
Kara was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her missing her right-hand fingers.
“She was also born with only one kidney, a hole in her heart, she’s had 32 surgeries,” said Tara Smith, Kara’s grandmother.
Her grandmother, Tara Smith, says they looked into many options for a prosthetic hand, cost and insurance were issues.
“We kinda just gave up,” said Smith.
Even surgery could have caused a problem.
“They told her they was going to cut off her little nubbins. She was very upset. She said I don’t even want a hand,” said Smith.
That all changes when her best friend’s dad, Wes Koschke, saw an article online. It detailed how 3D printers created prosthetic hands. The 3D printer created the parts for the hand. It cost less than $60 to put it together.