Downey, in character as Tony Stark and introducing himself as a bionic specialist, paid a visit to the 7-year-old boy and give him an Iron Man-themed prosthetic arm.
Downey presented the boy with two robotic arms, one that was an Iron Man prop, and the other being a real bionic arm.
“Why don’t we both try one on and do a progress report,” Downey asked Pring, who was smiling.
It was 3-D printed, and the bionic arm cost just $350 in materials to create.
This is a fraction of the cost of a similar bionic limb.
Someone asked Alex if he knew who Downey was, and he replied: “Iron Man.”
Watch as Robert Downey, Jr. Delivers a real bionic arm to Alex:
Once he had it on, for the very first time Alex could give his mother a two-armed bear hug, while everyone was watching on.
Albert Manero, a Fulbright scholar and mechanical engineer at the University of Central Florida, designed the arm. Manero is the founder of the volunteer group Limbitless Solutions. The group works on designing inexpensive 3-D-printed prostheses.
Because children’s prostheses are harder to build and the children quickly outgrow of them, Limbitless mainly caters for them.
Alex’s new limb uses electrical muscle signals to control its movement. The Limbitless team is hoping to expand into developing bionic legs and elbow joints.
The Limbitless team pooled their money together to pay for Alex’s limb. Limbs like Alex’s can cost up to $40,000. Even with the small price tag: “We were all bound to the belief that no one should profit from a child in need of an arm,” Manero said in a news release.
It’s great we are thinking of others who are less fortunate, particularly children. Well done, Iron Man!