BBC Newsround has feature a heartwarming report about Kye Vincent who has been given an R2-D2 bionic arm after losing his own to Meningitis at age 8.
Star Wars: 11-year-old fan gets special R2D2 bionic arm
Kye Vincent started fundraising for the Star Wars-themed arm when he lost limbs to meningitis when he was eight years old.
The infection spread through his body, and doctors had to amputate both of his lower legs, his right hand and part of his left hand.
The arm, based on the droid R2-D2 from Star Wars, uses sensors to detect muscle movements and is controlled by tensing as you would to open and close your own biological hand.
It is one of several “hero” arms manufactured by UK company Open Bionics using 3D technology.
The company, which makes also makes limbs themed to the Disney film Frozen and Marvel characters like Iron Man, says they want the multi-grip limbs to be more widely available through the NHS.
As featured last year on Jedi News, Open Bionics haven’t just helped Kye out with a Star Wars themed arm, they have also constructed a BB-8 themed arm for 11 year old Cameron Millar from Edinburgh, Scotland.
11-year-old Cameron is the biggest @starwars fan in the galaxy, so we surprised him with a set of Star Wars BB-8 covers for his bionic Hero Arm ✨https://t.co/kDADkWIxa3 @HamillHimself pic.twitter.com/CZSnpWHoVn
— Open Bionics (@openbionics) March 22, 2019
Amazing work from the team at Open Bionics and we’d like to send a special message to both Kye and Cameron from all of the team here at Jedi News… May the force be with you, always!