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Toddler's Super Cute 'Exoskeleton' Helps Her Move

Custom "magic arms" help Emma use her arms to play and feed herself.

Emma is a two-year-old with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that makes moving her arms extremely difficult. But with the aid of Dr. Tariq Rahman, Whitney Sample, and her custom-fit, 3D-printed Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, Emma now has the strength to lift her arms and play like any toddler.

The device, nicknamed the WREX, was developed at the Pediatric Engineering Research Lab at the Center for Orthopedic Research and Development at the Nemours Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware. The WREX is comprised of extremely lightweight, but durable parts, and is even 3D printed with little butterflies because obviously the people at Nemours are epicly awesome.

“WREX is primarily intended for people with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and arthrogryposis,” says Nemours’ website.

With her new “magic arms,” Emma can now play with blocks, draw, and feed herself.

Check out this amazing piece of custom technology:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoZ2BgPVtA0[/youtube]

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