SWISSLIMBS – HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE PROVIDES AFFORDABLE PROSTHETICS THROUGH 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY
Humanitarian initiative provides affordable prosthetics through 3D printing technology
— Muhammad Nasser Kennan wanted to be a football coach after finishing
school, but in the summer of his 10th grade, his dreams were put on
Kennan was under the legal working age of 18 when he
was hired as a temporary worker in a plastic factory in Zarqa and,
within his first week of employment, the factory had an electric
malfunction which led the machine he was assigned to clean to switch on,
leaving his left arm stuck between rotating blades, causing amputation.
Muhammad Nasser Kennan shows the
prosthetic hand supplied to him by Mand.ro, a Korean startup company
with a humanitarian initiative (Photos by Mina Mohit)
rushed to the local government hospital and because I didn’t have any
social security, my dad had to come and pay everything. The factory
didn’t claim any responsibility for my injury,” said 21-year-old Kennan.
Kennan is one of the thousands living in Jordan with an
amputated limb, some as a result of regional wars, others due to work or
Three years after the accident, he was able to
receive a customised 3D-printed prosthetic arm completely free of charge
through the Korean startup Mand.ro in collaboration with the Korean
International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and SwissLimbs, a Lugano-based
non-profit organisation specialised in physical rehabilitation.
was the first on our waiting list in Al Bashir Hospital and the first
to receive this new technology. He has come a long way since: until
recently, he wasn’t able to talk easily and suffered from major
depression. We are happy to see him improve both physically and
emotionally,” said Suzan Ibrawesh, the regional representative of
Since February 2017, Mand.ro has donated 40
prosthetic limbs to Syrian refugees and Jordanians with below-elbow
amputation, according to the startup CEO Sangho Yi.
“We not only
create the prosthetic arm specifically designed for the patient, but we
also provide training on how to use it and conduct regular maintenance
and software check-ups,” she told The Jordan Times at a press
The startup representative said they aim to
facilitate physical mobility for amputees without the huge costs usually
associated with it.
“Prosthetic hands like the Bebionic, the
iLimb, or the Michelangelo [internationally renowned models of
prosthetic limbs] are selling between $25,000 and $100,00 and we are
able to design and 3D print something similar costing us only $455,” Yi
The CEO said that the 3D scanning and printing
technology is not only preferred for its affordability but also because
it is fast.
“Only using a laptop and a 3D-printer, we can have a fully functioning prosthetic hand in two to three hours,” said Yi.
patients are fitted with their new limbs, KOICA and SwissLimbs help in
assisting unemployed patients back into the workforce. “99 per cent of
our beneficiaries don’t have work,” Ibrawesh said.
having a prosthetic and fully functional hand for the past six months,
Kennan has not been successful in securing employment appropriate to his
“I don’t want to work in a factory anymore, I hope
no one sends their underage child to work in a factory. I wanted to work
in a company, doing administrative tasks or anything, but nobody hired
me. I hope things change once I get my Tawjihi,” said Kennan, who was
forced to put his education on hold after his accident four years ago. http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/humanitarian-initiative-provides-affordable-prosthetics-through-3d-printing-technology