8-year-old amputee gets Iron Man bionic arm

September 22, 2020

An 8-year-old in Lynnfield, Massachusetts has just received an Iron Man-inspired bionic arm after having his own arm amputated.

Sam Halpern had to have both legs and his right hand amputated after contracting a rare infection from strep in 2018. Now, the boy has a Marvel-themed bionic arm to help him navigate his every day life.

In a video from Storyful, the boy can be seen testing out his new arm alongside his mother. The arm clearly has a Marvel spin on it and was given to him at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.

"He is a child who doesn't let anything stop him," his mom can be heard saying. "Whatever he wants to do, he's going to do."

She continued, "Having a hand that is functioning more as a traditional hand that you or I might have improves his quality of life significantly."

The arm was manufactures by Open Bionics in the UK and was completely 3D-printed, making it lighter and easier to use.

She elaborated, saying that his new bionic hand allows him to pick up a baseball bat and other small objects, which is something he wasn't able to do before.

"I chose Sam as the first pilot to try the arm knowing that he would benefit from it, number one, but it also would test the durability and give me some honest feedback," the doctor can be heard saying.

"We've realized how many things in life he wants to do, and how challenging that can be as an amputee," his mother added.

"He's living life and we can't ask for anything more," she said.

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