Cuff gives Dalby girl a spring in her step
WATCHING her daughter skipping on Monday afternoon brought a Dalby mother to tears.
Crying with joy at the sight of her daughter's smiling face, Angela Jaeger said she could not describe her emotions.
Her daughter, Imogen, 9, was born with a congenital defect affecting her arm.
This meant she was unable to hold a skipping rope in both hands.
On Monday, a cuff made from a three-dimensional printer donated by Melbourne-based engineer, Mat Bowtell, was placed on Imogen's arm for the first time.
Practising her new hobby, Imogen said she was excited to be able to skip.
"It is fun cause I have never done it before," Imogen said.
"I was over the moon."
Imogen said she was not content with just skipping.
She said fishing was now at the top of the list of things she wanted to do.
For her mother, watching her daughter skipping was a proud moment.
"I cried my eyes out - happy tears," she said.
"Watching her skipping on her own for the first time is quite amazing."
Mr Bowtell, recipient of the 2018 Victorian Local Hero Award, made the cuff using a three-dimensional printer.
The Victorian makes the cuffs for free and ships them across the country to those who need them.
Ms Jaeger said she was thrilled with the outcome, after getting in contact with Mr Bowtell.
"When Mat sent the cuff, I couldn't express how I felt to him," she said.
"He is so generous and giving her a cuff didn't cost me anything because he does it for free."
Imogen said she had spent her afternoons this week with the skipping rope in hand.