Monday, July 20, 2015

UCF and Orlando City SC come together to give a 6-year-old a new bionic arm

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Paulo Boa Nova (R) and Alex Pring shake hands (L). - PHOTO VIA UCF
  • Photo via UCF
  • Paulo Boa Nova (R) and Alex Pring shake hands (L).

Last Friday, UCF, the Orlando City Soccer Club, and Limitless Solutions came together to give a Brazilian boy a new 3D printed bionic arm.

As reported by UCF Today, Paulo Boa Nova, a Brazillian child who was born without a part of his arm from a genetic defect, and his father, Claudio, were flown in by Orlando Health to receive a bionic arm and meet members of the Orlando City Soccer Club.

Limbitless Solutions, the non-profit organization that manufactured the arm, is a team founded by UCF students. Their goal is to create affordable, functional bionic arms to young children born without them.

The company first made news with the viral video of Robert Downey Jr. giving a bionic arm to Alex Pring (who was in attendance and can be seen above shaking hands with Paulo). After that, request for new limbs came in from around the globe.

“I don’t have the words for how grateful we are,” said Claudio. “When I saw arms they do on YouTube, I hold onto hope for the opportunity for my son. I can’t believe today, his dreams came true.”

Limbitless has gained traction this past year, becoming a non-profit and gifting six bionic arms to children across the nation and now their first international donation. Each of the arms were styled based off the child’s interest. It is hard to see in the picture above, but Paolo's arm is themed after one of Brazil's Soccer teams.

After Orlando City SC players presented the new arm, Paulo and Alex were able to play with the team in Orlando's stadium.

“This is what it is all about,” said Albert Manero, Limbitless team founder and UCF Full Bright Scholar, "to change a life, to make a difference. That’s why we do this.”

You can view the video that made them world renowned below. 

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