8-year-old boy gets 3D printed ‘hero arm,’ after losing limbs from bacterial infection


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (NewsNation Now) — An 8-year-old who lost three limbs after a bacterial infection has received a new bionic arm.

Sam Halpern got the 3D printed limb, known as a “hero arm,” customized specifically for him by workers at Springfield Shriners Hospital.

Halpern was just 6-years-old when he lost an arm and both legs after the infection put him on life support.

Now he says the arm allows him to play his favorite sports because nothing is holding him back.

He told NewsNation Now affiliate WWLP, that his favorite sports are basketball and baseball.

“I like the hero arm a lot because it is electronic and I really can do a lot of things that I wouldn’t be able to do,” Halpern said.

Halpern’s Hero Arm is the first custom-built, 3D printed bionic arm in the Shriners health system.

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