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Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm. Her music teacher at Island Creek Elementary in Fairfax County had built her a prosthetic himself, but it was heavy and he thought there might be a better option. He reached out to Mason, his alma mater.Isabella communicated easily with the group and provided feedback, especially about the weight.The team enlisted a music professor at Mason, Elizabeth Admass, who provided feedback on what Isabella would need to play the violin with some finesse.Thursday, Isabella received her final prosthetic, built from a 3-D printer, and hot pink (at her request) with "Isabella's attachment" emblazoned on the forearm.Isabella had her heart set on music when the school began offering strings lessons in fourth grade.
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