Jack Carder had a monumental experience Tuesday night. First, he took the pitching mound before a Columbus Clippers minor-league baseball game in Ohio. On the mound, volunteers presented Carder with a 3D-printed prosthetic hand fashioned after Iron Man.
Once the 5-year-old slipped it on to his right hand hand, he raised it triumphantly in the air. Then he threw the game's opening pitch with his left.
Carder, who was born with only a thumb on his right hand, received the hand from a non-profit group called e-NABLE-Siena College, which features student engineers working to provide solutions such as Carder's hand.
The new prosthetic functions in concert with Carder's thumb, giving him five-finger functionality and the ability to perform everyday tasks with his hand.
Apparently, his hand also have a super-cool feature: A glow-in-the-dark laser that emits from his hand.
Carder had tried on his hand earlier for the e-NABLE group so they could make sure it was properly fitted to his hand. But as of Tuesday night, it's all his.
Props to this incredible group of students and its positive impact.