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Young 'Star Wars' fan gets special prosthetic hand

A 5-year-old boy gets a new prosthetic hand with some “Star Wars” flair. (Source: KNXV) A 5-year-old boy gets a new prosthetic hand with some “Star Wars” flair. (Source: KNXV)

PHOENIX, AZ (KNXV/CNN) – Even with his new hand, gripping a bat isn’t easy for Jacob Taggart.

“It’s so hard to do it,” the 5-year-old said.

Jacob was born with just a thumb and partial fingers on his right hand.

"He's been so frustrated trying to change and to fit in with the other kids," said Jacob's grandmother, Linda Taggart.

The non-profit More Foundation built Jacob a prosthetic hand with 3-D printer technology.

But it's not just any prosthetic hand. It’s one with some “Star Wars” flair.

"We have customized it to meet his size and shape requirements,” said Marc Jacofsky, the executive director of More Foundation. “We have also customized it to meet his personality by making it a stormtrooper hand.”

There’s no cost to Jacob’s family. The More Foundation picked up the tab.

“He just lights up with his hand,” Taggart said

Often insurance won’t cover prosthetics for kids, Jacofsky said, because they grow out of them too fast.
    
"We hope we've changed his life for the better, he said. "It's the best gift I've ever given."

Though holding a bat is still a little tricky for Jacob, he seemed to have some better luck with a toy light saber.

Copyright 2017 KNXV via CNN. All rights reserved.

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