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Backstage Pass

In July 2015, the Limbitless Solutions team made its first international donation of a custom robotic hand to 6-year-old Paulo Boa Nova from Brazil. And a film crew documented the entire process for the UCF Impact campaign.
Boy on Dad's shoulders
Soccer
Team working on hand
Girl helping put on hand

“I don’t have the words for how grateful we are. When I saw [on YouTube] the arms they make, I hold on to hope for the opportunity for my son. I can’t believe today his dream came true.” — Claudio Boa Nova, Paulo’s father

Paulo was born without part of his right arm because of a genetic defect. The new arm, made with 3-D printed materials and themed after one of Brazil’s soccer teams, was given to the family for free.

During Paulo’s visit to UCF, cameras captured the process of fine-tuning Paulo’s new arm with members of the Limbitless Solutions team, including executive director Albert Manero, ’12 (far left).

Inside the College of Engineering and Computer Science Machine Lab, Carmen Henriquez, Limbitless Solutions electronics lead, helped Paulo learn to use the bionic device.

While the video presents a rare glimpse inside this Limbitless Solutions project, it also offers insight into UCF’s new “Impact” campaign, which highlights the positive effects students and alumni have on Central Florida and beyond.

To celebrate, Paulo and his father, along with members of Limbitless Solutions, were recognized during the July 18 Orlando City Soccer match at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.