Girl, 10, gets surprise 3-D arm delivery from UCF students

10-year-old traveled to aquarium, surprised with 'Dolphin Tale' tour


ORLANDO, Fla. – Annika "Anni" Emmert, a 10-year-old girl from California, arrived this week to pick up her 3-D printed arm made by University of Central Florida students.

Anni was born without her right hand and part of her arm.

Anni and her family thought they were passing time by visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is home to Winter, a dolphin featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies that lost her tail in a crab trap. Winter now dons a groundbreaking prosthetic tale that saved her life.

Anni was surprised with a VIP visit with Winter and was surprised by stars from the movie.

The biggest surprise, however, was yet to come.

When Anni opened a cooler she thought was filled with fish to feed Winter, she burst in to tears. The cooler held her new robotic arm.

The UCF 3-D Arm Team is made up of UCF students and have already made 3-D arms for two other children. The two children were also at the reveal and gave each other a big high-five with their bionic arms. The children receives these arms for free.

"This is what this is all about," said team member Michael Gonzales, "And we want to do more."