Father gets choked up talking about how Iron Man arm helps his son

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GROVELAND, Fla. – If you saw any of the Iron Man movies, you recognize this.

It’s the arm actor Robert Downey Jr.’s character wears, loaded with powers and abilities.

For 7-year-old Alex Pring, it provides the greatest power of all, confidence.

“Everybody treats me so good now,” Alex said.

But Alex said before he got the arm, things weren’t as great.

“Some people would say, ‘What happened to your arm,’ or ‘How did that happen’ and all that bad stuff. I don’t like it. It makes me feel very bad.”

“Now they’re asking about his cool arm and it’s a confidence thing, you know,” Alex’s dad, Steve said. “Not, ‘what happened to you,’ that’s been very humbling. Very humbling. At times choked me up, knowing how happy your son is now.”

The arm doesn’t have a lot of supernatural powers, it just makes life easier on Alex, physically and mentally.

UCF mechanical engineering grad student Albert Manera is the man responsible.

He and his nonprofit “Limbitless,” designed the arm.

Manera said, “We’re thrilled to be a part of it and we’re trying to help kids around the world. So our goal is to go to the UN and UNICEF and have them help with the project and there are a lot of children in need around the world and we want to be a part of that solution.”

They are already part of Alex’s solution.

“All the time I would say thank you. Thank you, thank you because they have helped me so much fit in the group, I just like them so much,” Alex said.

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  • Smokie Joe

    I love this story. I’ve commented before about Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in life issues we can all relate to (Lots of Struggles/Hurdles). I think with the expertise and hard work of the actors, directors and people credited at the end of films can help change the world into a better place. Ahead of wasted time and lives. Great job Robert Downey Jr. again. By the way, I have a 5 year old grandson that loves Iron man/ Super Heroes. He has no thumbs and half of a left arm by birth. I understand Alex’s situation very well (Alex stay confident), you are very inspiring.

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