High School senior finds way to build customized prosthetic limbs

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Seven-year old Maddie Horvath played with a group of friends during indoor recess at Scioto Ridge Elementary Friday afternoon.

She says she and her friends were playing a familiar game. "We were playing home," she said with a bright smile. "I was the mom."

Maddie isn't your average student.

"I'm not a lot of people are like me," she said.

The first grader is tackling the world of elementary school with one hand.

"I was born with an arm that was just halfway," she explained in her soft voice.

But, Maddie said she doesn't let a limb difference stop her from enjoying school.

"I can do the monkey bars and I can do cartwheels and also one-handed cartwheels," she said with excitement.Maddie and her family are part of a Facebook group called The Nub Club. There she and her parents were connected to Aaron Westbrook.

Maddie and her family are part of a Facebook group called The Nub Club. There she and her parents were connected to Aaron Westbrook.

"My parents knew after I was born," said Westbrook, who is a senior at New Albany High School.

"I was actually born without my hand," he said.

The 17-year old found out how to build prosthetics with 3D printing and has used his senior project as a way to spring board the idea.

"I kind of want to provide that opportunity that I never had when I was little and I only had one hand," said Westbrook.

Westbrook even started his own company called Form 5, where he will build customized prosthetic hands for free. The goal is to eventually become a non-profit.

"These hands will be completely donated to the individuals with limb differences," he said. "It's like 40 thousand dollars for a prosthetic. But at the end of the day after you go through that process as I experienced, it wasn't what I wanted."

His first hand will go to little Maddie.

"I'm really excited about my arm," she said.

Click here to learn more about Aaron's company.