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Students make 3D hand for Medical Lake veteran

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After months of prototypes and designs, the students got the fit just right. After months of prototypes and designs, the students got the fit just right.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

71 year old Emmitt Collins Jr. received the gift of a lifetime thanks to students at Spokane Valley Tech. Collins served 20 years in the Marines. He was exposed to Agent Orange, and has since had a heart attack and several strokes. A blood clot to his right hand forced doctors to amputate fingers.

When Collins' family learned students at Spokane Valley Tech were making 3D hands, they contacted to the school to try to get some help. Senior Hunter Skoien was one of four students who were put to the task.

"He wanted to be able to open up the fridge and pick up a sandwich was his only thing," Skoien said about Collins. "He was like, 'It would be amazing if I could pick up a sandwich again.'"

After months of prototypes and designs, the students got the fit just right. Collins' came to the school to pick up his 3D hand.

"It's really cool to help someone in need with technology," said Skoien.

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