'He just needs a finger and a thumb': The dad that rebuilt his son's arm

Using a £20 Xbox scanner, he scanned his son's arm while he was asleep and used 3D printer to further develop the device

'He just needs a finger and a thumb': The dad that rebuilt his son's arm

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A father whose son’s arm was amputated when he was only 10 days old has explained how he began developing a prosthetic for him using household objects.

Ben Ryan - a former psychology teacher - recognised the importance of Sol's brain development, and came up with the idea after being told there was nothing doctors could do for Sol until he was a year old.

"I started when my son was five weeks old; I used things from around the house to get him used to having using an 'arm'," he said. "Initially, I used a piece of sponge and a bandage as a prop.

"I wanted him to get used to playing with an arm and reaching.  It is so important to prepare children for a prosthetic. This led me to start thinking about a 3D training aid for young children. As soon as they can sit up they should be learning how to grab objects."

Using a £20 Xbox scanner, he scanned his son's arm while he was asleep and used 3D printer to further develop the device. The arm fits on under the elbow and has a movable thumb that he can use. Sol, now two years old, and can use his arm to grip and power the arm.

Mr Ryan is currently crowd-funding to raise money for the baby bionic arms so he can help other children in similar situations.

"Prosthetics at the moment are in the 'Victorian' age, Technology has not changed in 200 years. They are ugly and often rejected by children early on in their life."

You can find out more about his fundraising efforts here.