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9-year-old thrilled with 'Frozen' prosthesis: 'It feels like I have a real hand'

Karissa Mitchell was born without a right hand, but the 9-year-old doesn't feel like she's missing out anything thanks to a new prosthesis fit for a queen — a Snow Queen.

Student volunteers from Siena College created a sparkling blue "Frozen"-themed arm for the girl.

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“Karissa really identifies with Elsa because she knows what it's like to be different from everyone else,” mother Maria Mitchell explained in a press release from the school.

"She doesn’t want to be seen as different, which has made her extremely determined to do things as well, if not better, than others."

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And while the 3-D printed arm looks magical enough for Elsa, what's important is that it's practical enough for Karissa.

"It feels like I have a real hand," she said after trying it on. She also declared it "awesome!"

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In a video reveal of the finished arm, Alyx Gleason, a member of Siena's e-NABLE student team, said that the real reward for making it was in Karissa's reaction.

The e-NABLE program uses 3-D printing to help communities surrounding the Loudonville, New York, college.

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"Yes, we learn about 3-D printing and the technology and different engineering concepts," Gleason said. "But the best thing is seeing the look on (Karissa's) face."

There's no denying that.

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