Born without a right forearm, David Aguilar knew how to use his passion for Lego by making his own prosthesis. Revealed by the Lego Masters program on M6, this young bioengineering student intends to put his know-how at the service of other people with this handicap.
At five years old, David Aguilar discovered the, toys that have become a refuge in the face of mockery about his disability. Ingenious, he built, with these small parts, his first at 9 years old and has just realized his dream of sharing it with another child. Now 22 years old, David has from Poland, came into the world without a right forearm. But this rare malformation did not slow down his life and, on the contrary, fed him.
This Andorran student, fan ofwhen he was a child, does not have much free time: about to finish his training in , he lectures on motivation, published a book, participated in the “Lego Masters” on the French channel M6 and even spoke at a conference of the on innovation.
His face tightens as he thinks back to the years when hiswere also a refuge. ” When I was a teenager, I continued to play Lego because it was a way of forgetting the bullying, it helped me a lot to ignore the teasing », He explains in his university residence near Barcelona, in the north-east of Spain. During these difficult years, David developed, at the age of 17, a more precise prosthesis allowing him to do his first push-ups with both arms. And today, he proudly presents the fifth version of his prosthesis, the MK5, an arm in robotic-looking with blue bars acting as fingers that David activates with a of its stump, thanks to a system of motorized pulleys.
A YouTube channel for “Hand Solo”
Used to living without his right forearm, David does not use it on a daily basis but he is aware that many people have an absolute need to wear a prosthesis which can cost thousands of euros for those of the latest generation. . “ Since making my first prosthesis, I realized that I had the power to help other people and when I saw myself in thewith two arms (thanks to the prosthesis) I thought other people would really need it He said.
David then created his where it is called “Hand Solo”, a play on words based on the word Hand and referring to the Star Wars character, Han Solo. And quickly, his story crossed borders. Thus, a few months ago, Zaure Bektemissova wrote to him because her 8-year-old son, Beknur, born without arms, cannot wear a conventional prosthesis. “ The prostheses are mostly large and heavy which is not good for his spine »Backbone, explains this Kazakh, installed for two years in Strasbourg where her husband is a diplomat at the Consulate General of Kazakhstan.
David then promises to try to build a prosthesis for Beknur. And at the end of August, the little boy and his mother went to Andorra to try this light prosthesis ending in a clamp that Beknur controls thanks to a rope connected to his left foot.
« Now I can catch things that I couldn’t do before », Rejoices Beknur, now able to throw a ball at his brother or to take a small computer. Some Lego pieces that changed his life. ” He has more confidence in himself », Underlines Zaure, with a big smile. In David’s mind, projects are flowing. ” If I did it for Beknur, why not for a boy or a girl who is missing a leg? »