Sunday: Designing A Helping 'Hand'


Story Updated: Jun 23, 2013

Two recent graduates of the SUNY Canton engineering program are trying to give a helping hand - literally.

Joel Miles Canino and Natalie Kurgan have been designing artificial fingers that can be attached to a glove, and used by people who are missing all or part of their own fingers.

"My big goal is to be able tgo make things for people who don't have them any more - people who are missing legs, veterans, people who have been in accidents, people who can't function without them," Kurgan said.

They didn't have to look far for a partner. Abbey Mott, 17, is a Hermon-DeKalb high school student who is missing parts of fingers and toes because of a congenital disease.

To see what Joel and Natalie are building, and hear Abbey's story, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter John Friot's report.

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