Here’s proof that Iron Man is not just an ordinary superhero but a real one! Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr., the guy who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, personally delivered a real bionic arm to a disabled kid who happens to love superheroes just like those in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The lucky kid, Alex, was brought to a hotel room where he and his family got to meet Robert in his Tony Stark character. The suitcases containing Alex’s new arm and Robert’s Iron Man arm even bore the name, Stark Industries.
At first, viewers thought Alex had no idea he was talking with Robert because he did not freak out when he saw the actor. However, when asked whether he knew the man, he said matter-of-factly, “Robert!”
Alex tried his bionic arm on. Robert, who simply could not resist having fun with the kid, also took out and wore his own bionic arm. He mused about how expensive the items in Stark Industries have been and how he now plans to employ Albert Manero, the one who designed and created Alex’s 3D-printed bionic arm.
The arm given to Alex did not cost the family a single cent; though it was created for a total of $350 (Php15,500). Now, that might seem like a huge amount but, according to CNET, traditional limbs cost around $40,000 (Php1,774,620).
This wonderful news was made possible by Microsoft’s The Collective Project. Albert, the founder of volunteer group Limbitless Solutions, personally created Alex’s arm. A PhD student, Manero aims to provide affordable bionic limbs to families.
Here’s the cool video: