HHS Robotics builds, donates custom prosthetic to little girl

HHS Robotics builds, donates custom prosthetic to little girl
Hattiesburg High Robotics builds, donates custom prosthetic to little girl
Hattiesburg High Robotics builds, donates custom prosthetic to little girl

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A 17-month-old Hub City girl born with a disability has a new, custom prosthetic limb, thanks to students and teachers at Hattiesburg High School.

Arabella Ruff was born without a left hand and forearm.

So, her uncle and robotics instructor Stephen Jordan decided to do something to help her.

He and several of his students used a 3D printer and other technology in the school's robotics lab to build a prosthetic limb that will allow her to pick up and hold objects.

It was presented to the family at the school library Thursday.

"Just about every part is 3D printed, except for the silicon fingertips that we had to make and the Kevlar tendons that are used to actuate the hand," said Jordan.

"It was a blessing for me to be a blessing for somebody else, it brought a warm feeling into my heart," said Ivory Stallings, a 10th grade student who helped make the prosthetic.

"Just to see the little girl's happy face, it feels great," said Clemon Terrell, II, another 10 grader who worked on the project.    

Jordan said the materials used to make the prosthetic cost only about $100.