Haitian orphan Stevenson Joseph received a 3D-printed prosthetic hand, the first on the island nation. The 12-year-old was born without fingers.
In a remarkable story of technology benefiting the least likely, a 12-year-old orphan boy physically disabled from birth became Haiti’s first recipient of a 3D-printed prosthesis.
Born without fingers on either hand, Stevenson Joseph had little hope of treatment in a country where programmes for the disabled, apart from a handful of charities, are rare.
Now the 3D prosthesis fitted to his left hand has given him a whole new range of dexterity, including being able to play catch with his friends for the first time and maybe even enabling him to write one day, according to staff at the home for disabled orphans where he lives.
In 2010, Stevenson was brought to Bernard Mevs hospital in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where an orthopaedic team was working to fit prosthetic limbs on patients who sustained injuries that required amputations after a devastating earthquake.