Losing a limb isn’t easy. Make it three limbs then it will definitely be a challenge, yet this 8-year-old boy has inspired everyone with his positive and optimistic attitude. As a fan of the famous Marvel superhero, Iron Man, he showed that he can be just like him despite his situation.
Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist.
Tony Stark is more than just a wealthy and genius inventor of high-tech solutions because his quick wit and tongue are matched by his high-flying abilities as the hero called Iron Man. After being captured by terrorists who use his weapons to terrorize civilians, Tony and Ho Yinsen developed the first Iron Man suit, which Stark used to escape his captors.
After his escape, Tony develops a new suit with additional weapons and other technological devices. He uses the suit and other versions to protect the world as Iron Man. He may have used it first to conceal his identity, Tony eventually publicly reveals himself to be Iron Man.
Iron Man’s Armored Suit
Using the suit, he found a way to quickly summon it to him and uses an AI system – originally JARVIS, then replaced by FRIDAY – to help him control his armor and connect to other systems. It also allows him to fly at an incredibly fast pace.
The Hero Arm
Just like Iron Man with his functional and armored super suit, this 8-year old boy also gets to have one. It may not be a full suit, but the arm is similar to that of Iron Man. The reason why he got one moved everyone to tears.
8-year-old had to amputate his three limbs
Sam Halpern was a normal, fun, and enthusiastic 8-year-old boy. However, after contracting rare infection from strep in 2018, his parents had to make the difficult decision of amputating both his legs and his right hand. Despite his lost limbs, Sam kept a positive attitude.
“Sam has a quality of life that I could have never anticipated in those really tough days. He lives life to the fullest. He is completely normal in school.” his mom said in an interview.
Sam’s family was very supportive.
His older brother and sister challenge him every day and the same way he challenges his parents through his active and outgoing personality. He lived life to the fullest. Now, the boy has a Marvel-themed bionic arm to help him navigate his everyday life.
The Hero Arm
Sam is the youngest person in the US to receive the bionic arm. The Hero Arm was designed by Bionics in the UK. It’s a myoelectric arm and it was 3D printed which makes it lighter on the person.
It can be made to fit kids as young as Sam.
Being different is difficult. With the help of the Bionic arm, Sam can be able to do everything his peers do. He can be able to swing a baseball bat, ride a bike, do a handshake, and many more.
His friends think his Iron Man arm is super cool
Sam’s bionic arm isn’t just like a regular one because it is designed like that of Iron Man’s. The arm was a life-changing gift for Sam. Being resourceful and adaptive, Sam was able to do well. Having the device gave him support to do everyday routines.
The Iron Arm improved Sam’s life.
Sam and his parents are extremely thankful for the gif. To see Sam’s journey, watch the video below.
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