Hailey's Hand

UNLV’s College of Engineering faculty and students teamed up to design and produce a 3-D printed, robotic hand that enabled Hailey Dawson to grab, grasp, grow, and throw. To help bring national attention to her condition - Poland Syndrome - and cost-effective 3D solutions for other children, Dawson and the MLB worked together to have her throw out the first pitch at every Major League Baseball park! She was even invited to throw out the first pitch at game 4 of the 2017 World Series!

You can follow Hailey’s “Journey to 30” with her UNLV-created, 3D-printed hand.

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If you would like to support the College’s efforts to fund research and the creation of more hands for more children like Hailey, please visit the Donation page and select Hailey’s Hand Research Fund in the Designation drop-down menu.

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'My Special Hand'

4-year-old Hailey Dawson can now practice her pitching and batting thanks to a team of UNLV engineers and affordable 3-D printing technology.

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Student Builds Robohand for World Series

Meet Maria Gerardi, the UNLV engineering graduate student behind 7-year-old Hailey Dawson's World Series pitch using a 3D-printed prosthetic hand.

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