Printer Friendly

No Limits.

Giving someone a huge--squeeze all--is no big deal for most girls. But Diamond Excell, 11, was born without arms or shoulders. She was accustomed to using her feet for every-thing from eating dinner to writing a book report. And who needs arms to do killer karate kicks? Diamond took first place in the handicapped division of the U.S. Open at Walt Disney World. And Diamond got a chance to reach for the stars after Miami inventor Ivan Yaeger heard about her disability. It took six months and over $70,000 raised from contributions to build her bionic arms, electronically animated down to the fingertips. The arms were conceived by Ivan 22 years ago as a seventh-grade science project. He and partner Eugenio Silva spent thousands of unpaid hours making Diamond's arms a reality, and they got a thanks they'll never forget--a hug from Diamond!
COPYRIGHT 2001 Monarch Avalon, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:handicapped girl receives bionic arms
Publication:Girls' Life
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2001
Previous Article:Magnificent Seven.
Next Article:Dancing SCENE.

Related Articles
Clothe her in your care.
ScienceWorld[R]: body shop.
Human mechanic. (Hands-On Activity).
Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids.
Within reach: new technology helps people move artificial limbs.
Bionic woman.
Science news.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters