16-month-old Eve Darcy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a newborn, learning to take small steps aided by a walking frame. However, after being fitted for “Magic Shoes”, Eve is now running on the playground. “Magic Shoes” are customized orthotic devices built on a 3D printer by Sydney based start-up, AbilityMate. Scanners take measurements of the child’s foot, and then the company manufactures the assistive device in less than two months. This is a fast turn-around compared to the year-long wait that many children face before receiving a comparable device. Using state of the art technology allows the company to quickly create less costly forms of support. “Magic Shoes” are just the first assistive products the company plans to produce.
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