Whitesboro Teacher Creates Prosthetic Hand in His Free Time For Student Born Without Fingers
16 year-old Virginia Davis was born without fingers on her right hand. Although she doesn't let it stop her she dreamed of doing more. A Whitesboro high school teacher helped make her dream become a reality.
Mr. Jensen, better known as Mr. J to his students at Whitesboro high school used his free time to create a prosthetic hand. "We utilized 3D modeling software and our new 3D printer we got this year," explains Jenson. "It took about three tries to get it right. It was about 13 hours each time. There's was some customizing, hand tooling, modification and good old elbow grease and we were able to custom print it to her hand."
I can't explain how much value this has to me. After 16 years I finally have something I can use. I can't say thank you enough
Mr. J says humbly ,he didn't do it all alone. "I have students constantly coming in on their off time to work on side projects so we put together a team. We took $30 worth of Velcro, plastic and fishing wire and we made a working hand."
The hand may have only cost $30 to make but it's worth so much more to Davis. "It's amazing. I can't explain how much value this has to me," she says. "After 16 years I finally have something I can use. I can't say thank you enough."
Mr. J wasn't looking for recognition and was a little embarrassed with the attention. He even ducked out before pictures were taken but not before we could give him tickets to see Garth Brooks in Albany to say thank you.
Mr. J just wanted to help and the world could use more people like that.