When Mick Ebeling learned about a 14-year-old boy named Daniel Omar who had lost both arms during a bombing raid and was living in a refugee camp in Sudan, he decided to do something. But what? Ebeling, a television producer in Los Angeles, had no medical training.
Ebeling put out a call for ideas, designs and resources. Simply put, he crowdsourced the problem. An innovative solution for a prosthetic arm emerged. This design didn't require batteries or electricity. It was completely weather and waterproof. Best of all, the entire arm could be made cheaply on a 3-D printer.
Ebeling traveled with the prosthetic arm design and a 3-D printer to the refugee camp in the Nuba Mountains. There, he fitted Omar with a new pair of arms and established the first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility in Sudan.
More information about Project Daniel is available here.