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Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/22/2017 By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press
Ten-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera smiles after playing her violin with her new prosthetic at the engineering department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 20, 2017. "Oh my gosh, that's so much better," Isabella said as she tried out the new prosthetic. © Steve Helber/AP Ten-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera smiles after playing her violin with her new prosthetic at the engineering department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 20, 2017. "Oh my gosh, that's so much better," Isabella said as she tried out the new prosthetic.

FAIRFAX, Va. — A 10-year-old girl born with no left hand is playing the violin, thanks to a specially designed prosthetic built by undergraduates at George Mason University.

Isabella Nicola tested out the final version of her prosthetic Thursday. A team of bioengineering students teamed up with a music instructor to make sure the attachment was comfortable and provided the range of motion for Isabella to move her bow appropriately on the strings.

The attachment was the capstone project for the team of senior bioengineering majors at Mason.

Isabella's music teacher at her elementary school had built a device for her but approached the school to see if they could come up with something better.

At Thursday's session, the team surprised Isabella with an additional attachment that let her ride a bicycle.

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