Five-Year-Old Boy Gets 3D-Printed Prosthetic Arm

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ROGERS (KFSM)-- A kindergartner at Tillery Elementary in Rogers received a new prosthetic arm on Friday (March 11).

Five-year-old Austin Bryant was born without a left arm. His mom Brandie Wilburn said he's been asking for a new arm for several years.

"I know socially it's hard for him sometimes," Wilburn said, "But physically he's amazing."

The robotic arm was made by two Harrison Junior High School students, Brooklin Edwards and Katie Fowler. It was created using a 3D printer.

"It was a really long process," Edwards said. "We wanted to make sure it was big enough to house all the motors inside of it, but not too small that it couldn't fit."

Once the arm is fully functional, Austin will be able to pick items up and use it like a normal arm. On Friday (March 11), Austin had his first fitting.

"All of our hard work finally paid off," Edwards said. "And we got to see him so happy and how it affected him."

The prosthetic arm cost around $260. Fowler said all of the money was donated from businesses in Harrison. Wilburn said she owes her son's future to the students' hard work.

"It's an amazing journey," Wilburn said. "These kids are amazing, the school is too. I can't believe the things that they're doing, not just for me, but they're going to do it for many others."

This is the second prosthetic Edwards and Fowler have made. Last year, the duo made a robotic hand for a local boy.

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