WASHINGTON - A 5-year-old Maryland boy born without a left hand has a new prosthetic arm thanks to a 3D printer and a home improvement store.
Bradley Goloski was born with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition that can occur during pregnancy and lead to congenital deformities of limbs.
But last month, Bradley’s parents found out they had an opportunity to give their son a device that could change his life.
“My mother-in-law was friends with someone who works with the 3D printer at Home Depot and he gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, you know, we can do this for you,’” said Bradley’s mother, Cory. “So we went, took some measurements of his arm and pictures, and then a week later, they told us that they have an arm and hand for him.”
The young boy received his new arm after Home Depot sales associate Jack Longo created one for him at the store’s location in Annapolis. Longo has made more than 100 prosthetics for those missing limbs for the past year and a half.
Longo was able to make sure that the color of Bradley's brand new arm was blue – just like his favorite fictional character, Thomas the Tank Engine.
“It was great,” said Cory. “He kept us in the loop. He called us and he was super nice with Bradley. We're just so thankful for what they did for us and especially for Bradley."
Another interesting note – when Bradley and his family left with his new arm, they also received the instructions for the future printing of 3D-printed prosthetic arms for him when he gets older and grows larger.