UK dad who created prosthetic arm for son plans to reach more children

The story of a UK dad, Ben Ryan has gone viral after he took it upon himself to create a prosthetic arm for his son.

Sol Ryan was born in 2015 with a blood clot in his left arm, resulting in a below-elbow amputation.

He would then be placed on a waiting list for a prosthetic, which would take up to a year.

After quitting his job Ben resolved to teaching himself the basics of product design and development using Fusion 360 software.

Within two months of starting his prosthetic project, he had developed a prototype and using a 3D printer, Ben had a fully-manufactured limb ready for Sol to use.

I have no formal training, I have worked on lots of different projects just as a hobbyist but nothing as big as this.

Ben Ryan, Founder of Ambionics

It required much learning. I had to teach myself an awful lot of things to produce this for Sol but a father’s love is all it takes really if you want to do something enough

Ben Ryan, Founder of Ambionics

Ben has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £150,000 to develop the technology further through his company Ambionics.

Its different technology to what is out there already. I just really need to finish the development of the prototype and once that is done I can start getting his arm to hundreds and thousands of other children around the world

Ben Ryan, Founder of Ambionics

Listen to the full interview below

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Californians up in arms claiming Snapchat is snapping up arty Venice Beach

Californians up in arms claiming Snapchat is snapping up arty Venice Beach

The locals in the US beach suburb are not happy with the company's corporate strategy, turning entertainment areas into offices.

44 drivers arrested for drunk driving in WC traffic blitz

44 drivers arrested for drunk driving in WC traffic blitz

Western Cape provincial traffic chief, Kenny Africa gives traffic updates of what he described as a very hectic weekend in the WC.

Competition Commission launches data probe

Competition Commission launches data probe

Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele says they will be looking at the state of rivalry by network providers.

'SA an expert in smuggling fugitives out of the country'

'SA an expert in smuggling fugitives out of the country'

The DA's Stevens Mokgalapa, referring to Grace Mugabe immunity saga, says the SA government can easily write a movie.

Affordable 3D printed prosthetic helps six-year old grab life with both hands

Affordable 3D printed prosthetic helps six-year old grab life with both hands

3D printing technology has given a new beginning to a little girl named Meagan who was born with a malformed hand.

Amputee Paul Steyn completes 7 000km walk across SA on prosthetic leg

Amputee Paul Steyn completes 7 000km walk across SA on prosthetic leg

Social activist and amputee Paul Steyn trekked across Mzantsi for 15 months, raising money to donate prosthetic limbs to others.

Popular articles
An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares insights into sexual fetishes and how partners negotiate them in their bedroom and relationship.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.

LISTEN:  Reformed car hijacker sheds light on hijacking underworld

LISTEN: Reformed car hijacker sheds light on hijacking underworld

This reformed car hijacker was convicted for hijacking, robbery and murder and served almost 16 years jail time. Hear his story.

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

EWN's Gia Nicolaides says journalists walked out of the media briefing on social grants after waiting for hours for her to arrive.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.