A group of engineering students have given a 9-year-old Rhode Island boy a special Christmas gift: a prosthetic arm.
Scituate High School students presented Ollie Mancini Thursday with a prosthetic arm that they created using a 3-D printer. Ollie was born without the lower part of his left arm.
"It was really inspiring. I've never thought I'd do anything like this," sophomore Leah Bessette told WJAR-TV. "I'm really proud of myself and everyone else who's a part of this."
After putting on the purple prosthetic, Ollie celebrated by giving hugs, shaking hands, throwing his arms in the air, and even opening opening a door.
His mother, Nicole Mancini, is a teacher at the middle school in Scituate. She heard of others using 3-D printers to build prosthetics and approached the high school with the idea.
Mancini says the students have given her son "the gift of the independence."
"You have no idea. I mean, I say that Scituate is a family. Most of the kids in the engineering program I had in the eighth grade, and the fact that they wanted to help me and my son is the greatest gift anyone could ever have," Mancini said to WJAR-TV.
The school hopes to be able to make another arm for Ollie as he grows.