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How Teenage Boy, David Aguilar Born Without Forearm Helped Himself Out Is Inspiring

How Teenage Boy, David Aguilar Born Without Forearm Helped Himself Out Is Inspiring

An Andorra-born teenage boy, David Aguilar who was born without a right forearm because of a rare genetic condition took his childhood love of Legos and turned it into a working, robotic arm for himself.

While other kids were simply snapping bricks together any old way or working off models, he engineeredĀ his first basic arm at the age of 9.

Talking to Reuters, Aguilar said:

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“As a child I was very nervous to be in front of other guys, because I was different, but that didnā€™t stop me believing in my dreams. I wanted to…see myself in the mirror like I see other guys, with two hands.”

A young David Aguilar shows off an early version of his Lego arm.
(A young David Aguilar pictured above showing off an early version of his Lego arm)

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Fast forward to 10-years later, Aguilar who is now a 19-year-old Bio-engineering student atĀ Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain; is still using lego to make a difference.Ā He is on his fourthĀ robotic Lego model arm, which canĀ bendĀ at the elbow joint with an electric motor and a grabber.

The smart kid who claims heĀ rarely uses his robotic arm because he’s self-sufficient without it, says he’s not as focused now on what others think of him as on what he can do for others.

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Aguilar operates a YouTube channel called Hand Solo to show people that someone with a disability won’t be stopped and anything can be achieved. He posited that after graduation, he would like to create affordable prosthetic for people in need.

He stated:

“I would try to give them a prosthetic, even if itā€™s for free, to make them feel like a normal person, because that is normal, right?”

Talk of making lemonade out of the lemons life gives you.

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