South Dakota college pitcher fitted with new prosthetic arm


SIOUX FALLS (AP) – A college baseball player from South Dakota whose prosthetic arm was stolen was fitted with a new replacement limb Friday at a Minneapolis-area hospital.

The Argus Leader reports Augustana's Parker Hanson also presented the Shriners Children’s Twin Cities hospital with a $7,000 check from donations he received while his prosthetic was missing.

The hospital specializes in pediatric orthopedics and gave him a free replacement.

Hanson, a right-handed pitcher, was born without a left hand, but found a way to adapt at a young age so he play his favorite game all the way up through the college level. His prosthetic arm and the attachments were in a backpack that was stolen from his unlocked pickup outside his home last month. His prosthetic was later recovered at a recycling center in Sioux Falls.

The prosthetic was “pretty banged up” and Hanson said it was no longer usable. He was fundraising both for a new prosthetic and to raise money for charity.

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