When Chloe Smith of Cumbria, England, was just 3 months old, she contracted meningitis, which caused one of her arms and legs to stop growing. By 2018, the 8-year-old had adjusted to her disability, but her biggest wish was to have a working hand. So her mom, Rachel Smith, began searching for a prosthetic. After hitting multiple roadblocks, she posted a desperate plea for help on Twitter.
To her surprise, a faculty member at Gulliver school in Miami, Florida, saw her tweet and offered to help. He asked 12-year-old Edward Whipple to design a new limb for the little girl, and Edward couldn’t wait to help out!
Edward spent 40 hours of his free time making the arm with a 3D printer. When it was finally finished, he traveled all the way to England to deliver it in person, and Chloe’s reaction was absolutely beautiful!
She immediately got to work decorating her new arm with stickers, and her mom said she’s been proudly wearing it to school every day since.
“I’m glad it works and I find that it’s amazing how I’ve changed someone’s life, just by creating a small arm,” Edward said later.
Talk about going above and beyond! Watch Chloe’s sweet reaction to seeing her prosthetic for the first time in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story.
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