The 9-year-old boy from uMlazi will receive a 3D prosthetic arm from manufacturer Mitchell Designs at his school, Umbogintwini Primary, in eManzimtoti. He had been born without a right hand, and this will be his first prosthetic.
Jamie Mitchell, founder of Mitchell Designs in Bloemfontein, will deliver the hand himself as part of his project “Helping Hands”.
It was through a chance meeting between a friend of Mitchell’s, who had been visiting the school and saw Aphelele, that lead to the boy’s exciting and life-changing moment today.
The 3D prosthetic arm bends at the elbow, where it simultaneously encloses its hand and fingers, allowing it to grip on to objects.