Given a helping hand: Heart warming moment a child receives a superhero themed prosthetic hand
This is the touching moment a young boy was given his very own Iron Man themed prosthetic hand.
After waiting weeks for the life changing technology to arrive, three-year-old, Rayden Kahae, can barely contain his excitement as he tries on the device for the first time.
Captured on camera by his father, Moses Kahae, the touching moment shows the youngster playfully hiding his face behinds his hands and looking on in awe as he flexes his newly found fingers.
Born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, the condition meant that Rayden, from Hawaii, was born with some fingers missing on his right hand.
Inspired by Rayden’s favourite superhero, Iron Man, the prosthetic actually resembles part of the suit worn by the character in the popular films and comics.
Although still getting to grips with his new hand, Rayden can now ride a bike, catch a ball and has even become the envy of his classmates since receiving the remarkable gift.
But it was thanks to pioneering charity, E-Nable the Future, that Rayden can now experience a whole new lease of life.
After researching the development of mechanical hands on the internet, Rayden’s grandmother, Rulan, managed to get in touch with E-Nable’s volunteer online community.
Made up of engineers, physical therapists and designers, the kind hearted community use revolutionary 3-D printing to build prosthetics for children around the world.
By following downloadable instructions and watching tutorials on the video sharing website, YouTube, volunteers can build their very own prosthetic limbs for around a mere $50.
Unable to afford a custom built prosthetic arm, designer, John Peterson, managed to save Rayden’s parents thousands of dollars in expenses.
Rulan said: “Almost daily Rayden would ask if his Ironman hand had arrived in the mail, every box he saw us carry into the house, he immediately thought it was his Ironman hand.
“The evening the box came in, Mom, Dad and siblings all surrounded Rayden in anticipation of him opening the box.
“When his Mom put the Ironman hand on Rayden, he immediately closed the hand and began playing with it and staring at it.
“He held his own hand and told his parents “I can hold my own hand”, then started using both of his hands to hide his face.
“He started showing off his hand to his baby brother too, you could see the excitement in his wide, bright eyes.
“Rayden’s still learning to use his Ironman hand on a daily basis, because the muscles in that arm were never really used before, it will take a little time before he’ll be really comfortable with it.
“Now instead of being teased at school for not having fingers, he is stared at for his cool hand.”