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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.

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  • Lilo Meliah
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 May

    i want one

  • Debbie Dunn
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 May

    It gives me such hope for the little two year boy who  lives in an orphanage in the Republic of Georgia. He has AMC.  Thank you Rice Team. I wish I could hug each one of you. Now, if we could get this handsome, intelligent boy adopted by an American family he might have a chance…..Perhaps he would even go to R.U. 🙂

  • Shorecrest Preparatory School
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 May

    What a meaningful project. Congratulations to the hardworking students who made it happen! Proud to have a Shorecrest grad on the team. 

  • Shannonbarnesdr1
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 May

    Actually they make small compact powerchairs….what needs to be do e is he needs either a van…or a lift gate carrier on the back of the vehicle, which there are state funding also grants for all of these things…..

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