‘He even uses it for sleeping’: this 4-year-old loves his Spider-Man prosthetic arm

By Samantha Luiz
31 March 2016

It was only after he was born that his parents discovered that two that two thirds of his left forearm was missing.

It was only after he was born that his parents discovered that two thirds of his left forearm was missing.

Despite his underdeveloped arm, their son Anthonny, the youngest of three, was a healthy little boy who loves Spider-Man.

With the help of non-profit organization (NGO) Teleton, Anthonny, from Chile, was provided with traditional hook-shaped prosthetics to allow him to be more independent.

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Although grateful for the comprehensive care provided by the NGO, Anthonny's parents started looking at other options for their boy.

Soon enough, they came across e-NABLE, an organization dedicated to providing people around the world with 3D printed prosthetic hands and arms.

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After reaching out to Fácil 3D, a 3D printer company in Chile, the family was referred to e-NABLE's volunteers at Prohand3D who agreed to make the device for Anthonny, now 4 years old.

The 3D printed prosthetic arm before a tattoo artist was  called in to make the it "very special". PHOTO: Facebook The 3D printed prosthetic arm before a tattoo artist was called in to make the it "very special". PHOTO: Facebook

"My team, Jana Smith, Martin Racana, José Melia and I contacted Anthony’s family, days before Christmas to tell them that we were going to print a 3D printed arm for them," revealed Francisco Nilo, one of the 4 e-NABLE volunteers who worked on Anthonny's arm.

"The happiness and gratitude expressed by the family… it was the perfect Christmas gift!"

When the team found out about the four-year-old being a big fan of Spider-Man, they reached out to a "very talented" local tattoo artist and illustrator Cesar Castillo to make the arm "very special".

The tattoo artist was able to paint make the arm look like Spiderman's. PHOTO: Facebook The tattoo artist was able to paint make the arm look like Spider-Man's. PHOTO: Facebook

And he loves it.

The young boy loves him new arm so much he even uses it for sleeping. PHOTO: Facebook The young boy loves him new arm so much he even uses it for sleeping. PHOTO: Facebook

“His mom shared with us that since Anthonny received his Spider-Man arm, he uses it all the time, even for sleeping!” says Francisco, “We know no one uses these devices all day long, but perhaps the superhero design has influenced him just a bit!”

Sources: enablingthefuture.org, 3Dprint.com

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