The force — and a whole lot of love — is with a 7-year-old Georgia boy, who was born without the lower part of his right arm. Liam Porter was recently fitted with a prosthetic arm modeled after Clone Troopers from the "Star Wars" saga.
Porter, who was born without the lower part of his left arm, has worn a traditional prosthetic arm for most of his young life. But it was clunky and boring, his new arm's designer John Peter told ABC News. The new arm, though? Porter says it's "extremely awesome." It weighs less and is easier for the boy to operate. He can clamp on different attachments through a sliding rail system built into the arm. It can also be adjusted as he grows.
The arm takes advantage of relatively new 3-D printing technology, as well as the generosity and mission of E-nable, a network of volunteers from around the world who design and build the custom appendages.
A typical prosthetic arm costs around $9,000. Porter's arm came in at around $300 for materials. With donated labor and lower manufacturing costs, thanks to 3-D printing, E-nable has given away more than 700 arms and hands in just over a year.
A local group of folks obsessed with all things "Star Wars," the 501st Georgia Garrison, dressed up as Clone Troopers and Storm Troopers and presented Porter with his new arm in a surprise ceremony.