09 May Rice University students build custom chair for teen with arthrogryposis
Rice University students have built a unique wheelchair for a Houston youngster who will now be able to row his way forward.
The teenager, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, has arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder that causes his joints to contract. The disorder does not progress. Pedro has had the condition since birth and always will.
But his path can be made easier. The Rice students are near completion of a four-year effort to make the chair, which works with a paddling motion that does not require Pedro to turn the wheels by hand.