this non-profit gave a lit­tle girl a new foot

Toronto Life - - This City -

in a city where every en­tre­pre­neur wants to be a zil­lion­aire, it’s nice to find a heart­warm­ing non­profit like Nia Tech­nolo­gies, which 3-D prints pros­thet­ics for peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing world. A clin­i­cian cre­ates a dig­i­tal model of what­ever re­mains of a pa­tient’s limb, then feeds the model into a 3-D printer, which cre­ates a plas­tic socket that fits the stump. Over the past two years, Nia’s team has cre­ated pros­thet­ics for more than 140 chil­dren in Africa and Asia. The first pa­tient was Rose­line, a fouryear-old Ugan­dan girl who was born with­out a right foot. Be­cause the hos­pi­tal was low on sup­plies, she was ini­tially given a lefty pros­thetic (she later got the cor­rect one). “You would not be­lieve how happy this lit­tle girl was,” says Nia co­founder Jerry Evans. “She was stand­ing on two left feet, but she was smil­ing ear to ear.”

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