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Robert Downey Jr. gives young boy a prosthetic, bionic ‘Iron Man’ arm

“Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. presented a little boy named Alex a new bionic arm.
“Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. presented a little boy named Alex a new bionic arm. YouTube

Robert Downey Jr. brought his fans to tears on Thursday when they saw the video of him presenting a little boy with a prosthetic “Iron Man” arm.

The little boy is named Alex, “the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met,” Downey wrote on his Facebook page.

“Do you know who that is?” someone asks Alex after he’s been introduced to the movie star.

“Iron Man,” says Alex with a smile.

Downey teamed up with Fulbright scholar Albert Manero, a Microsoft #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless Solutions to provide low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetics to children around the world. Manero is a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Downey shared news of his meeting with Alex on Twitter.

According to CNET.com, Alex, who loves superheroes and riding his bike, was born with a partially developed right arm. He showed up to his meeting with Downey wearing a jaunty red bow tie.

Melts. Our. Heart.

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