SAN ANTONIO - For the first time, 6-year-old Patrick Perez can use both hands. It's only been a week, but so far he can do some very important things.
"My hand is great. I can do a hand shake, fist bump, a high five, and air five," Perez said.
The hand was created using 3-D printing technology and a little creativity from School of Science and Technology freshman Brian Haddock.
Haddock said Patrick's Mom found the school through the website Enabling the Future.
"I measured his wrist and all his dimensions," Brian said. "He raises up his elbow and the fingers close."
"The things that he (Patrick) does, it's amazing," said Patrick's mother, Alejandra Perez. "He adapts so well and he figures it out and he just does it. I'm just so proud of him."
Now Patrick can do some pretty normal stuff and it makes a big difference.
"I get shoe-ies off," Perez said.
Patrick's new hand is free thanks to the partnership with the school. His mom said similar prosthetics can cost between $50,000 and $60,000.
"In total it could be like $20 a hand," Brian said. "We can reuse the same pieces we bought again and again and again."
The school is looking for additional families to participate in some future projects. For more information visit the school's website.