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A helping hand for little Miley - thanks to an IT expert's 3D printer

This prosthetic hand was printed using a 3D printer. Photo: ITV News Anglia.

A four-year-old girl from Norfolk has a new prosthetic hand - thanks to an IT expert in Milton Keynes and his 3D printer.

Miley Allan's mum Michelle, from King's Lynn, was put in touch with Drew Murray by an American organisation called e-NABLE.

It has designed a gripping hand that can be printed and put together by volunteers.

IT contractor Mr Murray from Milton Keynes had a 3D printer at home.

After hearing about e-NABLE - which describes itself as a global network of passionate volunteers which uses 3D printing to give the world a "helping hand" - he decided to get involved.

Miley was born without a fully-developed right hand but now she can already hold her school bag - and her grip with continue to strengthen.

Miley Allan with her prosthetic hand. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The NHS does not provide prosthetic hands at Miley's age because children grow so quickly. So Mr Murray has offered to keep printing new hands for her as she continues to grow.

Stuart Leithes reports.