Boy aged three born without arm fitted with ‘Iron Man’ prosthetic
An adorable little boy is able to transform into his favourite super hero after being given an Iron Man prosthetic arm.
Jose Velez, aged three, was born missing his right arm but was been fitted with a custom designed Iron Man arm by an ingenious team in Bogota, Colombia, in February.
His dad took him to Christian Silva, a mechatronics engineer who works with a group of volunteers who help local children and adults receive free or low cost prosthetics.
The real-life hero has been 3D printing prosthetic arms for two years and using his own resources has printed and fitted twenty individuals with new arms.
He and his team, e-NABLE Columbia, created the Iron Man-themed arm specifically for the young boy who’s a massive comic-fan.
When they first met with Jose he was only two-years-old and Christian was worried about small parts detaching and becoming choking hazards.
However the team still decided to work on a design that Jose could be fitted with as soon as he was old enough.
Christian said: “At the beginning he didn’t understand well, he thought it was a toy.
“After a minute he realised it was his new arm and was so happy because of the sounds and the Iron Man theme.
“The arm is doing very well, right now he is a little bit bigger so we have to change it again as he has grows up.
“It’s amazing work to be involved in and see the smile of their faces.”