Super Dad Builds His Son A Hand With 3D Printer, And Now Makes Them For Other Kids For Free

Imagine what it would be like being born without a hand. When we think of taking things for granted, we often don’t even consider our limbs.

But, for Carter Campos, it was a reality. He was born with a congenital below-the-elbow amputation and his parents knew it at the 12-week sonogram.

This affectionate father, Michael Campos, has a son who was born missing one hand. The dad made his boy an awesome prosthetic hand inspired by superheroes. Now he makes artificial hands for other would-be superheroes across the country!

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Michael Campos, 33, learned to create light-weight prosthetics after his son, Carter, 4, who was born with below elbow congenital amputation, asked for a new hand.

In 2016, with the help of a volunteer group, Michael produced a prosthetic 3D printed for Carter that cost only $10 to build.

Since then the doting dad has made hands inspired by Iron Man and Captain America, while his latest creation has a fidget spinner attached.

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Now the father-son duo work together for their company ‘Claws from Carter’ producing free hands for kids across the US and UK.

Michael from Lake Forest in California, USA, said: “Last year, when Carter asked me ‘Daddy will you build me a hand’, I felt so helpless not being able to do it at the time and promised him that one day I’d be able to make one.

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“Within a month, I built Carter his second arm and from then onwards we have been building like crazy for other kids all over the US and even sent one to the UK.”

“No words can describe the feeling of being able to fulfill his request, it was extremely satisfying and the skill has changed my life.”

“Now whenever Carter comes to visit me, he always checks the printers because he wants to help with assembling, knowing the themes, where they are going, and to know the kids too.”

“He’s really thrilled by it all and often sits on my lap, where we can put the pieces together, as well as meeting other kids like him.”

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“This is all for Carter, if it wasn’t for him, I’d be oblivious to limb differences, to 3D printing, and the help we’ve been able to provide to other families out there.”

Michael discovered e-NABLE, a volunteer group who create free schematics for the designs and after producing an adaptor to help Carter learn to ride a bike, the doting dad starts making more elaborate designs.

Michael added: “He wanted an Iron Man hand. I spent hours printing at a slow speed to give it the right gloss and shine, I made it glow in the dark, attached a fidget spinner, and put Carter on the side. He absolutely loved it, seeing the smile on his face was an unforgettable moment.”

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However, Carter has overcome all problems presented to him by his limb difference, learning his own unique adaptations around everyday obstacles.

Michael said: “From watching him hold a bottle for the first time, to crawling and hitting all milestones on time I realized nothing was going to stop him.”

“In some ways, it was hard watching him struggle at first while learning to perform a task, but once he figured it out, it was such a great moment and a massive achievement for him. But once he was born we realized this kid is resilient and can do anything he puts his mind to.”

 

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“Carter is so determined, he’s learned everything his own way, from crawling, holding a bottle to buttoning his jeans, zipping-up his jacket all without assistance. I’m extremely proud of Carter, he has taught me so much about life, he never complains about his difficulties and is such a strong-willed boy.”

Since learning how to 3D print hands at home, Michael and Carter have been producing a range of designs for other children. Michael hopes to continue growing Claws from Carter as well as encouraging others to build 3D hands for other kids with limb differences too.

He added: “Everything I’m doing is in my son’s name, I do it for him, I hope that someday he will take it over when he is a little older. I believed what happened to my son was all for a reason, Carter was born to enlighten me and to contribute to the world by making these hands.”

“Carter is learning to do something kind for other people without expecting anything in return, he’s learning to live selflessly which is one of the most important things I can teach him.”

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Michael was taught how to 3D print by e-NABLE a movement and volunteer project that helps people produce prosthetics for those in need.

Jen Owen, an e-NABLE community volunteer, said: “They jumped right into the whirlwind of requests for e-NABLE devices from their fellow limb different community families. Not only were they making them their own arms and hands, but they were spending the extra time to create fun themed designs for the children whom they were gifting them to – from Star Wars to Flowers, from Pokemon to sports teams. Michael and Carter are exactly what we hoped would happen and a model that we hope to see continue to spread as e-NABLE continues to grow.”

Since starting in 2011, e-NABLE has delivered up to 3000 free printed hands and arms for recipients in 80 countries. As well as engaging 1500 schools in school projects to help produce the prosthetics too.

Jen added: “e-NABLE is a movement, it is proof that if you share your ideas freely with others and work together to teach and support each other in making things that create a positive impact in the world – amazing things can happen.

To get involved or for more info visit here.

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart

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My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.

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3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament

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4. Important Memories On Google Maps

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5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again

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6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement

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He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!

 

7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back

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8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me

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9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture

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10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer

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11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better

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12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting

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13. Best Neighbours

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14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off

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16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me

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17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year

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Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!

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19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes

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20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais

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The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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