The Incredible Hug – Boy missing limb gets Incredible Hulk themed arm so he can finally hug his little brother
It was he hug heard around the world, or The Incredible Hug as we like to say.
A 5-year-old boy from the UK, who was born missing most of his left arm, has waited his whole life to be able to give proper hugs, especially to his little brother.
And now, thanks to an Incredible Hulk-inspired prosthetic arm, he can finally hug his little brother with all his might!
Born with just a small “stump” coming off his left shoulder, Jacob Scrimshaw, was just fitted for the bright green robotic arm on Dec. 12th.
“I always thought Jacob coped well without his arm and got on with things, but when he came home from school in tears I knew we had to do something,” his mother, Gemma Turner, 36, told News Outlets.
Turner and Jacob’s father, Chris Scrimshaw, had difficulty finding a prosthetic that had an artificial elbow joint that would stay attached to Jacob’s upper arm.
And not only was that a big challenge for the family, but the cost was most certainly a concern also as these things don’t come cheap.
“We started raising money on GoFundMe in February this year. I knew what we wanted would cost an awful lot of money. We thought we would have to go to America,” said Turner.
But by September, the GoFundMe generated about $20,000, which meant that Tuner and Scrimshaw were finally able to start seriously looking for the perfect arm for Jacob.
While searching on Instagram, Turner stumbled upon a man by the name of, Ben Ryan, who works for Glaze Prosthetics, a UK-based company that creates innovative prosthetics. Interested in the company, Turner reached out.
So with a little help from the prosthetic service provider Dorset Orthopaedics, Ryan was able to create a robotic prosthetic arm for Jacob that is fixed above the elbow.
And so far, the 5-year-old loves it, according to Ryan and Jacob’s parents.
“Jacob’s family is unusual in this case in that when they were told they had to wait for a prosthetic or were told that it would not work for him they refused to give in and kept looking for answers — I was the same,” he said, referring to his own son who is also missing an arm.
“Ambionics capitalizes on multi-jet fusion 3-D printing technology to create advanced prosthetic limbs,” he continued.
“Our super lightweight and highly durable arms enable infants to adapt to prosthetics earlier in their neural development than ever before.”
“Jacob has smashed all expectations, already he is wanting to wear his prosthetic more than we could have hoped for. It is great that he is getting used to it,” Ryan added.
Turner said her son “loves” his new arm and is excited to soon see Jacob open Christmas gifts with two hands for the first time.
“We always wanted more as Jacob didn’t want a non-functioning arm just to look like everybody else, he’s not bothered about that,” she said. “He wanted an arm that he could use and do things with.”
Jacob and family couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.
There will be lots of Majical memories they can make together with Jacob’s new found capabilities – but probably the most Majical memory, was the Incredible Hug that he could finally share with his little brother.