Malaysian boy born without fingers gets new mechanical limb, built for only $37

Muhammad Muqri touching his mother Nor Julaina Md Sani, 40, on the cheek with his new mechanical fingers. With them is his father Rhemi. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Muhammad Muqri touching his mother Nor Julaina Md Sani, 40, on the cheek with his new mechanical fingers. With them is his father Rhemi. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eight-year-old Muhammad Muqri Mifzal Rhemi Rizal is feeling like a million bucks with his new mechanical limb, which only cost RM100 (S$37).

The boy, who was born without fingers on his left hand, recently had the limb with mechanical digits fixed to his left arm.

Former English teacher Sujana Mohd Rejab, 47, made the artificial limb with a 3-D printer using a type of environment-friendly plastic called polylactic acid (PLA) - for less than RM100 - and donated it to the boy.

Muhammad Muqri was all abuzz when he received the limb from Mr Sujana on Friday.

The Year Two pupil, who is active in sports, said he was looking forward to learning and experiment with his new mechanical fingers.

"My daily routine such as buttoning up my shirt and tying my shoelaces are going to be so much easier.

"I am so excited with my new limb and I am sure that no one will look at me weirdly just because I don't have fingers on my left hand.

"Now, more people are going to look at me because of my new bionic limb," he said during a family function here yesterday.

His father Rhemi Rizal, 40, said in the past, Muhammad Muqri had come back from school complaining about children avoiding him at school because he was different.

"But we would cheer him up whenever he was feeling down. We are grateful that he has received this new limb and he can do things just like other kids," he said.

Mr Sujana, who had previously donated a ''bionic'' hand to a seven-year-old girl, Ainaa Amanda Shahzali, agreed to help Muhammad Muqri after he was contacted by his parents.

He said it cost him less than RM100 and took about 20 hours to make the limb for Muhammad Muqri using a 3-D printer.

"The artificial fingers are manually operated and will all move together when Muhammad Muqri moves his palm," said Mr Sujana, who is from Taiping.

He now helps disabled children for free and is an active member of inABLE, an international body providing assistance to the disabled.