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Greenup County Teacher Gets Robotic Arm

Posted at 5:50 AM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 08:11:44-04

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (CNN)– For one teacher in Greenup County, fetch isn’t a game she plays with her dog.

Fetch is the nickname she’s given the innovative robotic arm that is transforming her life.

For most teachers, picking up pencils and carrying paper is an everyday activity, but for Mariah Scott–a teacher at Russell High– that wasn’t the case.

Scott was born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, the congenital absence of all four limbs.

Her life was changed forever with a brand-new addition that’ll help her reach unfamiliar levels.

“I feel really special, actually, and really grateful that they thought of me, when they thought of this,” Scott said.

Scott is the first person in the state to receive a robotic arm like this one. She refers to the device as Fetch.

“I mean, I guess you can kinda get why it’s called Fetch so now I can fetch things myself.”

Scott’s former teacher, Cheri Foster, says she couldn’t be more deserving.

“She wants to reach out to people and help the students here. She really wants to do anything she can to help me, and I think she deserves anything that will help her be more independent.”

Scott now has the ability to carry papers, pick up a cup, and take a sip, but says she’s still got a lot to learn.

“I’ve learned a lot already and I’m looking forward to see what else I can do with it.”