Boy Mocked for Having No Lower Arm Amazes His Critics With Impressive Invention

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
April 10, 2019 Updated: May 21, 2019

What are some of the coolest things you’ve ever created with Lego? Perhaps you have built an awesome sculpture, building, robot, car, or animal out of those magical mini bricks with your imaginations. But, without a shadow of doubt, you can’t beat the ingenuity of one teen—nicknamed “Hand Solo”—who constructed and engineered his own functional prosthetic arm using Lego pieces.

Hailing from Andorra in Europe, David Aguilar, a 19-year-old bio-engineering student from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain, was born with a small and underdeveloped hand. The deformation is due to Poland syndrome, a rare congenital disease where individuals are born missing part of the major chest muscle pectoralis major, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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Bài viết do David Aguilar Amphoux (@handsolo99) chia sẻ vào

When Aguilar was a child, he was nervous being in front of other guys because he was “different,” the young Lego engineer told Reuters.

Aguilar recalled being laughed at and made fun of when he was 3 or 5 years old, and was ashamed to be out in public.

“They’d yell, or laugh at me and make jokes behind my back…,” he said, according to Adding Stories.

But even though he was missing his right forearm, he was just like any other regular kid, and was obsessed with playing Lego—he built cars, planes, helicopters, boats, all with the versatile Lego plastic bricks.

Gepostet von David Aguilar Amphoux am Samstag, 22. Oktober 2011

The disability didn’t stop him from “believing in my dreams.”

One day, the 9-year-old Aguilar disassembled a Lego helicopter and turned it into his own prosthetic arm.

While playing with Lego, he took apart a helicopter and just started to build a prosthesis: “I just wanted to make something; whatever popped into my head at the time: I don’t know. It could have been a building, or a boat… I had watched a YouTube video of a girl who’d made a leg from LEGO: ‘Why couldn’t I?’”

Eventually, his first prosthetic arm, which was made out of Lego bricks, broke as it wasn’t strong enough.

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Bài viết do David Aguilar Amphoux (@handsolo99) chia sẻ vào

At age 18, he took his Lego-building skills to a whole new level, making his first functional prosthetic arm using his favorite toy. Inspired by Iron Man’s MK armor suits, he called his invention MK1.

“I can do push-ups with this thing, so it’s quite strong,” Aguilar told Great Big Story.

He then built MK2, which had a battery-powered motor to help him bend and pick up objects, according to Maker Faire Galacia.

Gepostet von David Aguilar Amphoux am Mittwoch, 5. Dezember 2018

His ingenuity didn’t stop there as he went on to make his third (MK3) and fourth (MK4) models, each equipped with a better movement capability than the previous one.

“And I went up to the mirror, took my shirt off and, just fooling around, started posing like a body-builder, because I was astonished to see that a toy could turn my dream into a reality,” he said.

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Bài viết do David Aguilar Amphoux (@handsolo99) chia sẻ vào

Armed with the ability to handcraft colorful and functional Lego-based prosthetic arms, Aguilar becomes the coolest kid on the block.

When he first brought his one-of-a-kind creation to show his friends in school, they were amazed knowing someone could build a hand out of Lego pieces.

“I was a normal guy, and when I built the arm everyone was like, ‘You’re awesome, you’re really smart.’ They told me they are really proud to be my friends. It’s amazing,” Aguilar said.

Gepostet von David Aguilar Amphoux am Sonntag, 5. August 2018

Aguilar received worldwide media attention for his special talent after his dad posted a short video of young Aguilar’s invention on Facebook.

“I haven’t signed any autographs yet, but that’s just a matter of time!” he jokingly said in a video interview with Brut.

Gepostet von David Aguilar Amphoux am Samstag, 24. November 2018

Aguilar admitted prosthetic arms made from Lego bricks are not perfect.

“Ultimately, LEGO is still just a toy,” he said. “[N]o matter how may pieces or bindings you use, it’s always going to bend.”

Aguilar’s dream, after he finishes college, is to provide affordable prosthetic solutions for those who need them.

“I would try to give them a prosthetic, even if it’s for free, to make them feel like a normal person, because what is normal, right?” he said.

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“Improvise, Adapt, Overcome” ~ Bear Grylls #handsolo

Bài viết do David Aguilar Amphoux (@handsolo99) chia sẻ vào

The young aspiring engineering student has offered his advice to those suffering from mental or physical disabilities.

“A problem, whether physical or psychological, should never be an impediment,” he said.

Taking himself as an example, he explained, “I go to schools, and I tell them why I was born without an arm, [and] talk to them about the disease.”

Aguilar is a cool teenager indeed! May you be inspired by his positivity and ingenuity!

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Bài viết do David Aguilar Amphoux (@handsolo99) chia sẻ vào

Watch the video:

He built a prosthetic arm using Lego

He built himself a Lego arm when he was just 9 years old. 😲

Gepostet von Brut am Donnerstag, 20. Dezember 2018

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