Little Girl Recieves Frozen Themed Prosthetic Hand

Frozen Prosthetic Arm
(Photo: Siena College)

It's the little things that oftentimes get overlooked, but getting to hold her favorite Olaf toy for the first time is far from a little thing for 9-year-old Karissa Mitchell.

For Mitchell, it meant the world. That's because she was born without her right hand and a great deal of her wrist, but through the undertakings of Siena e-NABLE she is finally able to grasp things with a new prosthetic hand. What's even better is that the hand is modeled after Mitchell's favorite film, Frozen (via Mashable).

The students at Siena were contacted by Mitchell's mother, who saw what they could do in their previous Iron Man project. Alyx Gleason, who is a member of the e-NABLE group, remembers when they first met.

"they were so nice and it was a great fit. Karissa's face lit up when we showed her a test hand. She is a very deserving girl."

As to why Frozen has so much meaning, Karissa's mother shed some light on the subject.

"Karissa really identifies with Elsa because she knows what it's like to be different from everyone else. She doesn't want to be seen as different, which has made her extremely determined to do things as well, if not better, than others."

That's when the team set off to create a Frozen inspired prosthetic arm, made to look just like something Elsa would wear. Aside from the ice blue color scheme, it comes with a removable Olaf light as well and uses the bending of the elbow to manipulate the strings in the fingers. All of that hard work and dedication led to a wonderful moment for Karissa, which Siena College caught on camera and posted to their Twitter account.


#ThatMomentWhen you pick up Olaf with your new Frozen-themed arm for the first time. Brought to you by @ENABLESiena

It's a wonderful gift for a deserving young girl, and I'm pretty sure Olaf would approve.