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Boy gets new hands for Christmas

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/27/19, 12:04 pm

An 11-year-old Tennessee boy got a handy Christmas present this year. Gavin Sumner, who was born without a left foot, most of his hands, and with only 40 percent of his tongue, told his mom he wanted hands for Christmas—and he received a pair of customized prosthetic hands during a ceremony at Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett’s office in Clarksville, Tenn., on Monday.

Where did the hands come from? Kori Sumner posted her son’s request on Facebook, and within a few days, Anthony Economos of Bedstone Creative, an IT company, contacted her and funded the project. The prosthetics use tension from Gavin’s palms and wrists to allow him to make a fist and other movements, while silicone grips on the hands helped him pick up a gavel at Durrett’s office. “This is a huge leap forward,” Gavin said after putting on the hands. “God chose me for a purpose, and I’m going to live that purpose.”

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Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 05:36 pm

    Lord, please continue to bless Gavin, his family, and those who have stood up to help Gavin. 

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