“A four-year-old boy has ripped opened his own Christmas presents for the first time after getting a bionic helping hand just like his Iron Man hero.
Brooklyn Brentnall-Croydon’s grandmother had issued a Facebook appeal in October for tech-minded people to create an artificial hand.
The youngster from Doncaster, south Yorkshire was born without a developed right hand.
Shotton Hall Academy in Durham answered the family’s social media plea and delivered the 3D-printed hand little over a week before Christmas.
Brooklyn’s mum Marie Brentnall said he was thrilled to have a hand like his Iron Man idol Tony Stark.
The hand opens and closes when Brooklyn flexes his wrist, meaning he could shred through Santa’s presents just like his school friends.
The youngster had one present at the top of his wish list: a bike – so he can ride for the first time and grip with both hands.
Shotton Hall Academy’s head of Design Technology, Scott Bradley, said he found Brooklyn’s family’s appeal impossible to ignore.
Each part of the hand, including the fixings and screws, was printed separately over a 20 hour period at the technology college.
Mr Bradley said he would adapt the hand or remake the device when Brooklyn grows out of his current version.”