All the kids at school used to ask 9-year-old Matthew Shields what was wrong with his hand. Can you imagine how hard that would be for a child?
Matthew was born without fingers on his right hand, but it wasn’t until recently that he ever became insecure about his situation.
His mother, Jennifer, just needed a way to get her son’s self-esteem back. Luckily, she knew just the person to ask for help!
17-year-old Mason Wilde is a family friend who had always liked building things like furniture or entire computers. He had the mind to do it, but could he construct a human hand?!
The high school junior took Jennifer up on her challenge and with the help of a 3-D printer was able to build Matthew exactly that — A NEW HAND!
Now Matthew doesn’t mind when classmates ask him about his hand, because he thinks his new one is pretty cool! He told Mason:
"It's the coolest thing ever! Every kid in my class wants one. I'm like Superman!”
For Mason, he’s just thrilled that he got to help out his little buddy!
"This has been a dream come true. I got to help somebody, and I got to use one of the new 3-D printers.”
Two truly incredible kids!
Ch-ch-check out Matthew's new hand in the video (below)!
[Image via Kansas City Star.]
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