LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Toby Carrizales received a special gift on Friday, a 3D prosthetic hand made by Texas Tech student SivaTeja Pati.
Toby is your average 8-year-old boy. He loves to play video games, sports, and even has a soft spot for playing the piano, and he does it all without a left hand.
Now he's got a custom-made hand with a Spider-Man theme, courtesy of Texas Tech's Honors College.
"We have been waiting for this day for so long. It's been months in the making and to finally see the final product and see his face is just so exciting," Toby's Grandma Anna Carrizales said.
Pati has been working on the project for more than three months. Pati said he has a passion for helping people, but Toby was different.
"I didn't realize what I was signing up for," Pati said, "but as I went along I realized a part of me kind of adopted him."
Pati said he made it a mission to make sure this hand was perfect for his new friend. He made the prosthetic hand personal for Toby, building it with a Spider-Man theme.
"I asked him what he liked and we figured out he liked Spider-Man. I said great, I know Spider-Man."
Toby had a lot of fun testing out his new hand. He grabbed water bottles, balls, and pens. He was even able to throw a ball across the room.
"It's just a new beginning for him," Toby's mom, Desiree Lopez said. "Just learning how to do things is going to help him a lot."
Toby says he's going to grab everything, even glass, eventually, but he said he will have something soft nearby just in case he drops it.