Aaitaram is from Kathmandu, and was born missing part of his left arm (below the elbow). This congenital defect made many everyday tasks difficult, and also left him with very low self-confidence. He had a cosmetic prosthesis, but it wasn’t an assistive device and offered no functionality. Aaitaram often wondered what it would be like to be a ‘normal person’ and to be able to perform basic tasks with ease.
Fortunately, one day he met Paulo Thiago, who was living in Kathmandu at the time. Paulo told Aaitaram about VHP’s new 3D printing project in the Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital, which he believed would be of benefit.
Initially, Aaitaram’s case was problematic as the 3D printed socket wouldn’t fit his residual limb. So, the Nepal team developed a new type of socket, to ensure Aaitaram could receive the prosthesis. It was made to fit a polyethylene socket (made by the prosthesist) into the 3D printed socket.
Since receiving the new prosthesis, Aaitaram’s life has changed. He can now perform simple, general tasks and he says that the new limb has helped him to find new work. He wears it at all times (apart from at night), and he’s happy to have a functional prosthetic.
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