School librarian builds prosthetic arm for Caldwell first grader

A Caldwell first grader experiences having two arms for the first time.

CALDWELL, Texas - Trinidad Garica is a lot to keep up with. He loves sports, especially soccer, and school keeps him pretty busy. And for  most of his life, he's done everything with one arm. 

"It's called amniotic band syndrome," said Trinidad's mother, Erica Garcia. The condition has made what are usually simple tasks for many people more difficult for Trinidad. 

But now things are different. About a week ago, Trinidad received a prosthetic arm. 

"I thought it was awesome," said Trinidad. 

The district's middle school librarian built the device using a 3-D printer. 

"It's surreal. I totally did not imagine doing something like this in my future," said librarian Michelle Chmelar. "It's a blessing to be able to do this."

It's a blessing that will further help Trinidad reach his goal. 

"I want to be a motorcycle builder," he said. 

The new device is also something his mom feels is priceless. 

"It warms my heart and I tell him that all the time," said Garcia. "I know it's going to take practice and I tell him this all the time. My heart's really warm from him being able to experience this."

Chmelar says the prosthetic arm was a team effort with other employees in the district and she's working a second-phase prosthetic for Trinidad that will be finished soon. 

 

(© 2016 KAGS)


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