BALTIMORE, Md. (Aug. 18, 2015) – Baseball fans witnessed a special moment at Monday night’s Baltimore Orioles game.
Five-year-old Hailey Dawson threw out the first pitch. The little girl was born with Poland Syndrome, which causes underdevelopment in the pectoral muscles and affects fingers on one side of the body. Her right hand doesn’t allow her to even hold a baseball.
That’s all changed now, thanks to engineering students at UNLV who used a 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand for Hailey that’s the fraction of the cost of a traditional prosthetic. The hand she used Monday night was specially designed with a Baltimore Orioles theme.
Her parents raised her to be an Orioles fan, and the team enthusiastically welcomed her to throw out the first pitch.