Need another reason to love Robert Downey Jr? Watch him give a real bionic arm to boy (video)


Robert Downey Jr. gives a handicapped boy the present of a life time. Makes everyone smile.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. Sure, one’s an actor and the other is a billionaire playboy philanthropist with a bionic suit but there is no difference between the two personality wise.

Take this sweet video for instance where Robert Downey Jr. personally hand delivers a robotic arm to a child with only one functioning arm.

Warning: you’re gonna smile a lot during this thing.

Partnering with Microsoft’s Collective Project, the actor helped deliver the arm to the child in the most sweetest of ways. In classic Tony Stark fashion, he does it complete with the snarky comments and even an Iron Man arm for RDJ.

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Albert Manero, a real life genius who is getting his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida, was the one who actually built the arm who donates the low cost 3-D printed prosthetics to children in need all over the world through the group Limbitless Solutions.

From CNET:

"The arm cost just $350 (about £235, AU$455) in materials to make, as noted by Microsoft’s The Collective Project, which is featuring stories of students making positive changes for their communities. That makes it far cheaper than the $40,000 (about £26,900, AU$52,000) it traditionally costs to make such limbs."

The little boy receiving the limb in the video is 7-year-old Alex whom RDJ has dubbed “the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met.”

Pretty sweet coming from a guy like RDJ.

Alex was born with a partially developed right arm but is just a normal kid who loves riding his bike and, of course, superheroes.

Check out the work done by Limbitless Solutions here, and be sure to check out the Collective Project to see the good they do.

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