A little while back, I wrote about a little boy from Hawaii who was given a prosthetic arm inspired by Iron Man. Now, e-NABLE has returned with another wonderful arm created by 3D Designer John Peterson for a seven-year-old who has an imagination fit for a galaxy far, far away.
7-year-old Liam Porter from Augusta, Georgia isn't a stranger to prosthetics - he had one when he was younger. Unfortunately, the arm didn't do much, and ended up feeling like slack for the young boy. Liam, who was born without part of his left arm, needed an arm that he could grow with, and those can get very pricey. Liam is a huge fans of Star Wars, especially of the prequels' Clonetroopers, so when e-NABLE and Peterson heard about the boy, they immediately went to work.
Not long after, Peterson received a call from the Georgia garrison of the 501st Legion, who had heard about Liam's new arm. They offered to accompany Peterson when he delivered the arm, and that's where the magic ignited.
While Liam went to the movies with his friend, Jacob Yawn, the 501st and Peterson set up the theater's party room, then met Liam as he walked out of the movie. The usually chatty and hyper Liam was speechless when he was flanked by Imperials and led to the party room, where he was presented with his new arm. Watch Liam's reaction here:
Liam's custom arm includes a clamp that will help him lift and grab objects, but what's even cooler is that it's custom fit for add-ons. At the event, Liam and his friend Jacob were already plotting Lego-based weaponry that they planned to attach to the arm.
Along with receiving his new arm, Liam was also named a Friend of the 501st Legion (members must be over 18) Liam was also given his very own Clonetrooper helmet to match his arm - both of which were hand-detailed by the Imperial in Red, also known as artist Jen Belgin. Liam's name was also etched into the back of his helmet in Aurebesh, a writing system used to represent 'Basic', which is the more universal language used in Star Wars canon.
e-NABLE has worked with several 3D artists over the past few years to bring colorful, creative prosthetic limbs to children who would not otherwise be able to obtain them.
Insurance and coverage for prosthetics can be hard to get until adulthood because of the ongoing changes and growth of childhood, but e-NABLE's practices keep kids up to date and let their arms grow with them through updates and adjustments by the engineers. Most arms are fairly low-priced, and many, like Rayden Kahae's Iron Man hand, are completely paid for by the creators or a generous sponsor.