11 Year Old Star Wars Fan Gets Bionic R2-D2 Arm

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

An 11-year-old Star Wars fan has received a R2-D2 style 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.

Unlike most prosthetics which have to be fitted up to twice a year for growing children, the bionic arm has an adjustable size so it should last a long time.

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.

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!

Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.