10-year-old Thai-Danish girl turns beer caps into prostheses

A Thai doctor has discovered a way to turn beer caps into lightweight prostheses.

Vanessa Kastner collects beer caps – for the benefit of disabled Thai people. The 10-year-old girl from Hee in Western Jutland has started a project to collect beer caps and recycled plastic that can be remade as comfortable lightweight prostheses.

Vanessa Kastner herself has roots in Thailand and it was during a family visit in Thailand in 2010 that she learned about the project. It’s a Thai doctor, dr. Therdcahi Jivacate, who construct the prostheses, that costs ten times less than imported prostheses.

As soon as Vanessa Kastner returned to Denmark she urged family and friends to collect beer caps to a prostheses project constituted by the Royal Danish Princess. Her ambition was to collect caps enough for at least two prostheses.

Last year when she reach her goal, and went back to Thailand to visit her grandmother, she had the honor to hand over her gatherings of caps to dr. Therdchai Jivacate himself. In exchange for the donation he gave her a personal tour and presentation on his project.

Before christmas 2015 Vanessa decided to collect caps at her school – at this time she has collected 50 kilograms of caps enough for twenty prostheses ready to be handed over to dr. Therdchai Jivacate.


(Source: Ringkøbing-Skjern Dagbladet)

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