In a certain way, AC Lingerfelt, fifth pupil of York, still has 10 fingers, thanks to determined teachers.
Lingerfelt, who attended Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary School, lost part of his finger in May in a four-wheeled winch accident. Lingerfelt, 11, was involved in gardening his four-wheeled vehicle when his finger was accidentally sucked into the machine.
After the accident, Lingerfelt struggled to fasten his shoes and throw a softball. She had trouble playing the piano and taking online tests at school. Her teacher and her classmates helped her.
"It was really difficult," Lingerfelt said. "I thought some people would make fun of me and pick on me, but when I got back to school, everyone thought it was really cool."
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Lingerfelt jokingly asked Ryan Clemence, a science teacher at York School in South Carolina, to have access to 3D printers, if he could give him a new finger.
Clémence and third-year teacher Rachael Shriver are committed to the challenge.
"I knew we could do it because of the professional development we had taken," Clemence said.
Clemence and Shriver were trained during the summer to use 3D printers in class, he said. Teachers use printers as part of their curriculum, said Shriver. His students printed key rings, ornaments and materials for their classes.
During the winter holidays, Clemence studied how to 3D print a prosthetic finger.
"I have this 3D printer, why not use it for something that can change someone's life and give it an opportunity to do some of the things that it does." had lost at the time of the accident? " Shriver said.
She said, "Her face lit up when she saw it, and it was the best part."
The two men presented Lingerfelt with a fully functional prosthetic finger, printed at school. The finger is able to bend and react to Lingerfelt's movements.
"It was really cool," Lingerfelt said. "I did not know I could be able to bend it in. I was really excited."
Clemence and Shriver used funds collected by local churches to meet the needs of students, to purchase the equipment needed for the prosthesis at a cost of about $ 100, said Clemence.
"All the staff at Hickory Grove Sharon Elementary is amazing," wrote Stephanie Lingerfelt, the mother of AC, in a public message posted on Facebook.
Stephanie Lingerfelt continued, "That teachers take the time to do something like this for her, teachers who are not even her teachers, when they already take on a lot of responsibilities every day, really surprise me. Since her accident, she has learned a lot from what she was able to do before, but having the opportunity and the ability to do things as she always has done is a gift. "
AC Lingerfelt said she could now resume her love of the piano, write better at school and easily tap again. She also rides and works again to play softball.
"The night I got it, I started playing the piano and I could do it," she said. "I did not know you could 3D print such things until the day I walked into Mr. Clemence's classroom."
Lingerfelt said she was grateful for the efforts of teachers.
"I was so grateful that they did that," she said. "I was so happy that there are people who think of me this way and that they do it for me.I am so happy that now I have 10 fingers and that I can do a lot of things. "