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8-year-old amputee gets Iron Man-themed bionic arm to enhance quality of life

8-year-old amputee gets Iron Man-themed bionic arm to enhance quality of life

8-year-old amputee gets Iron Man-themed bionic arm to enhance quality of life.
8-year-old amputee gets Iron Man-themed bionic arm to enhance quality of life. Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals

Iron Man, disguised as an 8-year-old boy, just received a new arm that will enhance his ability to be an even better Avenger!

8-year-old, Sam Halpern, was fitted with a custom-made bionic arm thanks to Shriners Hospital for Children and a company called Open Bionics.

Now, Sam gets to embrace his inner superhero strength as he joyfully adapts to a whole new whole of possibilities.

Sam, or should we say, Iron Man, doing a fist bump with his upgraded arm.
Sam, or should we say, Iron Man, doing a fist bump with his upgraded arm. Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals.

According to Open Bionics, Sam had to have both of his legs and his right hand amputated after contracting a rare strep infection in 2018.

The company shared a video of Sam on their Instagram page, writing:

“Meet Iron Man Sam! This 8-year-old from Boston, who lost his limbs to a rare infection, just received one of our Iron Man Hero Arms and now he’s a real life Avenger!”

Sam’s mom, Michelle, was overjoyed that her boy was finally able to do activities that enhance his quality of life.

“Having a hand that is functioning more as a traditional hand that you or I might have improves his quality of life significantly,” said Sam’s mom, Michelle.

Michelle adds that having the prosthetic arm Sam can hold a bat, as well as pick up small objects – which is something she said he hasn’t been able to do.

Congratulations on the new arm, Sam, or should we say, Iron Man! There is no doubt that you are destined for greatness! Avengers Unite!


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