ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City Soccer Club and the University of Central Florida teamed up to give a 6-year-old boy who was born with a genetic birth defect a 3-D printed arm.
[SLIDESHOW: UCF/OCSC Bionic Arm]
Paulo Costa Boa Nova and his father, Claudio Boa Nova, came from Brazil to meet with UCF students from the Limbitless Solutions team, who made Paulo's arm for free, and fellow Brazilian OCSC player Kaka on Friday at its Sanford training facility.
Paulo, Kaka, Tally Hall and Aurélien Collin, along with Limbitless Solutions team, kicked the ball around during the presentation of the arm.
"I don't have the words for how grateful we are," said Claudio Boa Nova in a release. "When I saw arms they do on YouTube, I hold onto hope for the opportunity for my son. I can't believe today, his dream come true."
Orlando City will recognize Paulo, his father and several Limbitless Solutions team members during the Lions' match Saturday at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
The UCF students have been making 3-D printed arms since last summer when the team heard about 6-year-old Alex Pring. Since then, Limbitless Solutions became a nonprofit and has delivered six arms to children throughout the nation.