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8-Year-Old Boy’s New Bionic Arm Allows Him To Use Both Hands For The First Time

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

An 8-year-old boy can now use both hands to do all of his favorite things, and it’s all thanks to his fancy new bionic arm.

Freddie Cook of Berkshire, England, was born without a right hand. For his eighth birthday, Freddie received a custom-made bionic arm, making him the youngest person in the world to use the design.

He celebrated his birthday by eating a burger with two hands for the first time in his life.

His mom, Suzy, came up with the idea after seeing a teenage girl using a bionic arm. The prosthetic is custom-built for Freddie’s arm, and it fits like a glove.

“Freddie shook my hand almost straight away,” Suzy said, according to Inside Edition.

“It worked immediately. It was such an incredible moment.”

Suzy says that Freddie is practicing with the bionic arm every day, but it’ll take some time for him to fully adjust to the new equipment. The muscle in his arm needs to be strengthened, Suzy explained.

But he’s having a great time practicing. In addition to eating a burger, Freddie has been able to grip both handlebars on his scooter and play with his dog, Lacie.

“I was so excited to use my new arm,” Freddie said. “It has let me do loads of new things with my friends and play like anyone else. I love that I can high-five everyone and shake my mum’s hand.”

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