13-year-old uses 3D printer to help teen with nerve disease play the cello

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13-year-old uses 3D printer to help teen with nerve disease play the cello

13-year-old kid with nerve disease can now better play his cello thanks to Thirteen-year-old Mahsa Riar, a resident of Loudoun County ASHBURN, Va. She is already the CEO of a small company called  “Limitless Limb.” The nonprofit organization specializing in creating and donating personalized 3D-printed prosthetic arms for children.

The most recent recipient of Mahsa’s 3D printed prosthetic is 13-year-old Aspiring cellist Brenden Ness.  Ness has neuropathy, a condition that creates tingling and numbness in his hands and makes it hard to handle his instrument. The disability causes his ring and middle fingers to have a tendency to lift off his bow while playing the cello, causing the bow to strike the cello’s strings at an improper angle.

“[Neuropathy] makes it hard to do certain things like hold my bow,” he said.

Masha’s solution to the issue was a 3D device to wrap around Ness’ bow that locks his middle and ring fingers onto the playing tool. It took her about a month to design and 3D print.

Ness said he has noticed a difference in his playing ability too.

“I’m grateful,” he said. “Very grateful.”

Masha’s mother, Ferri, said she was not surprised her daughter was willing to help a boy she did not even know.