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    Posted May 4, 2015 by
    cynthiafalar
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    Robotic Arm Update - Anything But Blue

     

    "Our hearts are forever changed and blessed by the love and blue embrace we experienced from this incredible group! Thank you for making Wyatt's dream come true! We are so grateful for your support of our son! He is determined to one day become a Blue Man! He is and will always be your BIGGEST fan!" - Facebook Post on Blue Man Group from Wyatt's Mom - Cynthia Falardeau

     

    It's really hard to explain. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. The past two weeks have been a dizzying haze of publicity around our son's new 3-D printed arm.

     

    We are forever grateful to the students from the University of Central Florida's Limbitless Solutions and Blue Man Group Orlando.

     

    The gift of the 3-D printed robotic arm has created new hope for our son. The outpouring of enthusiasm from his classmates, teachers and neighbors has given him a new found confidence.

     

    It is something very special when a community rallies around celebrating a child's differences with the hysteria of a rock star!

     

    This little video is an update from Wyatt. He is still learning how to use his new device. We in turn are also discovering how to best support him. We are fortunate to have the support of several Occupational Therapists to advise us.

     

    Wyatt has adapted quickly. He wears his arm as much as possible. He wears it between 6-8 hours a day. Presently the battery lasts about 6 hours. It easily recharges within an hour.

     

    Our next step is teaching him how to recharge it with a backup battery.

     

    The challenge for Wyatt is that everyone wants to see his new arm! Even complete strangers come up to us in Target or the grocery store and ask, "Where is it? When do I get to see it?"

     

    We will continue to post updates. Our biggest hope is that our journey can encourage other families. We also believe it will help the UCF-Limbitless Solution's team to further advance their research and product development.

     

    A special thank you to Christopher Arnold of TCPalm.com who created the original drawing featured at the beginning of the video.

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