This 5-Year-Old Girl with a Robotic Hand Throws Out 1st Pitch at Orioles Game


People who are born normal will never know the struggle of a person who’s born with a part of their body missing. Some people with disabilities have given up on life and on their dreams because they think they can’t do it because of their limitations. But five-year-old Hailey Dawson doesn’t feel the same way. She fulfilled her dream by throwing out the first pitch at Camden Yards with her mechanical right hand.

Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome, which left her without fingers on her right hand. Touched with her story and eager enough to make her happy, engineering students at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) made a robotic arm that slides onto her palm, allowing her fingers to move along with the movements of her wrist.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, at a very special event, Hailey caught everyone’s attention when she appeared at the center of an arena in California.

American professional baseball team Baltimore Orioles hosted the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The fans were shocked when a girl approached the stadium and threw out the first pitch at Camden Yards with her mechanical right hand.

They were inspired by Hailey’s stunt and reminded them that disabilities are never a hindrance in fulfilling one’s dreams. Orioles’s third baseman, Manny Machado, crouches in front of her, then Hailey wound up with her Orioles-customized hand and delivered.

Watch Hailey’s amazing catch:


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