Tennessee Boy, 11, gets new mechanical hands for Christmas

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A boy from Tennessee who was born without functioning hands asked Santa Claus for a new couple last year and his congregation met this Christmas to make the gift possible.

Gavin Sumner, 11, received his new prosthetic hands on Monday at the Mayor's Office of Montgomery County in Clarksville during a ceremony he didn't know was organized just for him, The Leaf-Chronicle reported.

"This is a big leap forward … I want to go to school and be independent for the first time," he said.

Gavin was born without a left foot, most hands and about 40% of his tongue. He mostly figured out how to work with or around his disabilities, but he missed a few things, like holding a cup with one hand.

"I always try to push myself to see if I can make it," said Gavin, a self-proclaimed professional player. I have to accept that. "

When his mother Kori Sumner met Gavin's request last year, she posted a request for help on Facebook, which Anthony Economos ultimately answered with Bedstone Creative. The local IT company, which specializes in 3D printing and corporate prototypes, decided to fund the entire project. Economos helped shake hands with Gavin on Monday.

Gavin's new hands have five independent controls that create tension and allow him to clench his hands, Economos said. The hands are made of special silicone, since plastic is too slippery to generate sufficient grip.

On Monday, Gavin's family watched as he tried to pick up a bottle of water with one hand. They show jubilant cheers as he looks on in astonishment, the water bottle firmly in his right hand.

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