Robert Downey Jr. Gives Little Boy an Iron Man Bionic Arm
Robert Downey Jr. made a little boy (with an adorable bow tie) very happy today, as the actor/superhero presented him with a prosthetic arm that looks just like part of an Iron Man suit.
One out of every 1,500 children is born with a partially formed arm, but unfortunately, most prosthetic limbs are too expensive to be a realistic solution. Limbitless, a volunteer group associated with The Collective Project, aims to provide cheaper prosthetic limbs to these children by using innovative 3-D printing techniques.
The project was begun by student Albert Manero, who has provided 3-D printed bionic limbs to several lucky children and offers his designs for free online. His first limb cost $350 to make, which is much cheaper than most prosthetics to begin with, but his group donates the limbs anyway.
"We were all bound to the belief that no one should profit from a child in need of an arm," said Manero.
The video is wonderful, and you should watch it just to see Alex say that his new arm and the Iron Man costume "look the same," and then delight Iron Man by calling him "Robert." But more importantly, as a result of Manero's generosity, Alex now has his very own Iron Man arm (minus the repulsor).