7-year-old Alex was born with a partially developed arm but the he was recently presented with a special Iron Man-themed prosthetic limb from Robert Downey Jr. himself!
The actor was there to give Alex a 3D-printed bionic arm, designed by Albert Manero, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida. Manero is also the senior director of ‘Limbitless Solutions’, a company supported by Microsoft, that designs 3D-printed limbs and donates them to children, whose families cannot afford expensive prosthetic parts.
Robert Downey Jr. wrote on Facebook about meeting Alex:
‘I had the absolute privilege of presenting a brand spanking new 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arm to Alex, the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met.’ The actor also praised Manero and Microsoft ‘for their work making artificial limbs like this more affordable for families with kids who want to show the playground how badass they are.’
You can watch Alex’s warm meeting with Iron Man, in a short film by Microsoft’s ‘The Collective Project’, here:
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