Father came up with a basic design for a 3D-printed prosthetic arm that would let his baby grip things
Sol was born two years ago on the day of a solar eclipse. But for his parents, the joy of his birth was clouded by news of a severe blood clot in his left arm.
Sol’s mother and father had to wait 10 days as his arm slowly decayed before the doctors could amputate it. “It was a massive relief seeing this hideous thing that was attached to him and dying suddenly gone,” Sol’s father, Ben Ryan, tells CNN.
But the family from North Wales was told Sol would need to wait a year to be issued a prosthetic arm from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). What’s more, he would likely have received a standard issue prosthetic arm with a rigid socket and a rubber or silicone hand, with no hand movement, Ryan explains.