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Girl With Prosthetic Hand Made by a 3D Printer to Throw First Pitch at Dodger Stadium

Hailey Dawson is scheduled to complete her tour of all 30 stadiums on Sept. 16 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim

What to Know

  • Hailey Dawson of Las Vegas was born with an underdeveloped pectoral muscle and missing or underdeveloped digits on her right hand
  • UNLV's Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering designed several 3D printed hands that allow her to grasp a baseball
  • She is seeking to throw a first pitch at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums this season

An 8-year-old girl who uses a prosthetic hand made with a 3D printer will throw the ceremonial first pitch Monday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers begin a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.

Hailey Dawson of Las Vegas was born with an underdeveloped pectoral muscle and missing or underdeveloped digits on her right hand because of a rare birth defect called Poland syndrome.

Her parents contacted UNLV's Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering for help. Over the past three years, students and faculty have designed multiple 3D-printed hands which have enabled Hailey to grab, grasp and throw a baseball.

Hailey, who is seeking to throw a first pitch at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums this season, has done so at 23 MLB stadiums so far. She already has a World Series game under her belt, having thrown out the first pitch during Game 4 of the 2017 matchup between Los Angeles and Houston. 

She is scheduled to complete her tour of all 30 stadiums on Sept. 16 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Lorenzo Pereyra Jr. of Azusa will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game. Pereyra joined the Navy in 1997. He deployed with Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Fleet Marine Force corpsman, and served 11 combat missions, providing medical support in casualty care and evacuation.

Pereyra also deployed aboard USS Essex in support of Operation Toma-dachi, tasked with providing humanitarian aid to residents in Japan affected by the tsunami in 2011.

Pereyra is currently the medical operations chief with 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines based in Pasadena.

The Monday night game will be the first at Dodger Stadium for four-time all-star infielder Manny Machado since he was acquired in a July 18 trade with the Baltimore Orioles. Machado has reached base safely in all 10 of his games with the Dodgers so far and has a career-high 29-game on-base streak.

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