Donna Veterans Middle School student creates prosthetic hand for classmate

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Donna Veterans Middle School student creates prosthetic hand for classmate (Source: CBS 4 Photo)

One student at Donna Veterans Middle School created a prosthetic hand to support a fellow classmate. 

Nathaniel DeLeon, who is a seventh-grade student, needed the hand for day-to-day use. His fellow classmate, Rey Vela, who is also a seventh-grade student, decided to make the hand for DeLeon with his teachers’ help. A process, Vela said took well over a month.

“I felt like I needed to help him, I needed to do something about him not having a hand. I had to help him feel, the purpose of how you feel when you have everything complete in your body.”

DeLeon said when he went home to show his family the prosthetic hand, they were surprised.

“My dad started to cry of enjoyment and my mom said that she was happy. My sister said that I looked creepy.”

DeLeon said he hopes to get into robotics and engineering in order to help other people who are in the same situation as him.

Vela stated he doesn’t know what his next creation will be but he said it will be whatever pops into his mind.

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