Girl Receives R2-D2 Inspired Bionic Arm and Call from Mark Hamill

A young Star Wars fan and amputee has received an R2-D2 inspired bionic limb from company Open Bionics as well as a phone call from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

Bella Tadlock, from Tallahassee, Florida, raised almost 14,000 dollars (about £11,000) for her bionic hero arm, created by Bristol company Open Bionics.

The 11-year-old started a fundraiser that first caught the eye of actor Mark Hamill in November – Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, retweeted her appeal to his 3.6 million followers.

Following a successful fundraising campaign, Bella became the first person in the United States to receive the advanced multi-grip arm in the style of R2-D2.

She met her hero, Luke Skywalker, during a Skype call. She demonstrated picking up a bottle with her new hand and exchanged “OK” signs with with Mark Hamill.

The actor told her: “That is great – that is so fantastic. I’m so happy that you were able to have this happen for you.”
James is an active member of the Star Wars collecting community, and is the Brand Director for Jedi News. James is also the host of the Star Wars Collectors Cast, and co-host of RADIO 1138 on the Jedi News Network.