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High school students create a prosthetic for a young girl to dance in her favorite class

Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 10:02:53-04

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - 8-year-old Lacie Broyles loves to dance and tumble like a lot of other 8-year-olds, but she was born missing the radial bone in her left arm, and her left thumb. Making both of her favorite activities a lot tougher.

"I can do all the things other kids can do, it's just since I’m different it's harder," Lacie says.

Lacie's mom wanted to help but didn't know where to start.

"I came up with this design in my head and I was just thinking I need somebody who can do the 3d printing," Joleene, Lacie’s mother, said.

After seeing a post on Facebook, the robotics teacher at the local high school enlisted juniors Landon Hamaker and Jacob Nance to make a prosthetic for Lacie.

"We were like I don't know if we can do that or not, cause we've never tried something like this before it was just out of our league pretty much," said Landon.

Now the device is in its third generation and isn't technically a prosthetic. So Lacie, come up with a name of her own.

"It's for my nub, so that's why I call it a nubsthetic," said Lacie.

"I’m glad to see that we were able to make something for her that will allow her to do what she loves," said Jacob.

The nubsthetic will need some tune ups over the years... But these boys have left an impact on Lacie... She wants to follow in their footsteps.

"Whenever I get into the ninth grade, I’m probably going to be fixing it myself," said Lacie.

"They don't realize the impact that they've had just yet. When they have children, I hope that one day they'll look back on this and say I made a difference, and that's what it's all about," said Joleene.

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