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Four-Year-Old Chilean Boy Receives e-NABLE Spider-Man 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm

by • March 26, 2016 • No Comments

csO2ZqJdMost equiteone can profess an affection for Spider-Man on a few level (and most of us do indeed like to ponder we have awea few Spidey senses on occasion), but kids have a reverence for the superhero decked out in red and blue not only for the reason he does great, but for the reason he’s able-bodied to do so much. From shooting webs to climbing and swinging of buildings and employing extrasensory perception, Peter Parker’s change ego inspires and excites.

This is unquestionably true for Anthonny, a four-year-old of Valparaiso, Chile, whose admiration for and connection with Spider-Man has been taken to a whole new level, and a touching one at that—quite literally, in fact!

Anthonny is the youngest of three boys and is a pleased, healthy four-year-old who loves Spider-Man. His limb difference went unnoticed until the time of his birth when his parents found that he was missing two-thirds of his left forearm. He’s obtained rad care, according to all involved, thanks to Teletón, offering prosthetics that have allowed him greater talent. Whilst the two traditional hook prosthetics have given him much greater user of his arm, major to the independence that becomes normal at that age, his parents were looking for a fewthing additional. It didn’t take them long to discover e-NABLE and to start reading of all the children their volunteers have assisted around the world with 3D printed prosthetic hands and arms.

chileblog6-768x680The family ended up contacting a company called Fácil 3D, who spoke with e-NABLE volunteers at Prohand3D. It must have been quite awe-inspiring for equiteone involved when they heard that indeed the volunteers may be building an new, inexpensive device for Anthonny.

Considering this all began taking place only preceding Christmas, it was extra special. There were challenges, yet. This was the initially 3D printed arm the group of four volunteers had made together, and as Anthonny was a couple of hours away, they had to work in coordination with Anthonny’s mother, who took measurements and assisted with whatever they requireed.

“I was added to the e-NABLE Community after hearing an interview of Cyborg Beast developer, Dr. Jorge Zuniga of Creighton University and joined the e-NABLE Community of a year ago,” said Francisco Nilo, one of the four e-NABLE volunteers who worked on the arm for Anthony. ”My team, Jana Smith, Martin Racana, José Melia and I contacted Anthony’s family, days preceding Christmas to tell them that we were going to print a 3D printed arm for them. The happiness and gratitude expressed by the family…it was the ideal Christmas gift!”

After deciding to fit him with a Team Unlimbited arm, the team worked in two phases—a trial period and a final phase.

“Once we printed the trial arm, the initially session of preparation was performed with Anthonny where we were presented with a few problems due to his forearm being quite tiny and lacking adequate elbow flexation but fortunately, we were able-bodied to solve this by incorporating the adaptation
of a thermoplastic cast,” shared the team. “After a week of testing, the family returned to make a few changes. Once assured that the 3D printed device worked for Anthonny and were assured that his family was satisfied with the progress, we began to make the final device for him.”

boyThe Spider-Man motif came into the picture shortly after, upon learning how much Anthonny favored the superhero. The team quite went above and beyond, searching for a fewone who may assist with quite special customization indeed. After finding a tattoo artist and illustrator named Cesar Castillo, they enlisted him to paint the arm.

“His mom shared with us that since Anthonny obtained his Spiderman arm, he uses it all the time, in fact for sleeping!” says Francisco. “We understand no one uses these devices all day long, but maybe the superhero turn it into has influenced him only a bit!”

This is only one additional example of the awe-inspiring work e-NABLE and their volunteers are doing around the world. We’ve followed them of Haiti to Brazil to Ghana, and truly appreciate having the opportunity to report on their special contests and challenges.

fullarmIn areas like Chile and other developing countries, obviously it’s not effortless to come by prosthetics—and especially not ones completely customized like Anthonny’s. Prohand3D is hoping that other South American volunteers can want to work together and in fact turn it into a new chapter so that they can go on this inspiring work. They ask that if you are in Chile and you are in require of assistance, please connect with Prohand3D and the e-NABLE Chile team through their Facebook page. What do you ponder of this latest project? Discuss in the 3D Printed Arm for Chilean Boy forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Enabling the Future / Images: ProHand3D, via e-NABLE]