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When his Son Lost His Arm, This Dad Didn't Stop Till He Could Hold His Child's Hand Again

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CNN

It was the most unlikely of circumstances when Sol Ryan was born. Two years ago just before the solar eclipse, his mother went into labor and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His parents were overjoyed, but then something went wrong.

A blood clot formed in his arm and began to severely damage the muscle tissue. The next ten days were agonizing, as the two new parents looked on as their newborn son's arm decayed. Finally, the doctors were able to amputate it.

His father, Ben Ryan, remembers it like it was yesterday. "It was a massive relief seeing this hideous thing that was attached to him and dying suddenly gone," he says. But as time went on, he realized his son would miss out on a lot of life without his left arm.

Sol was going to have to wait a whole year before he was issued a standard prosthetic limb, with a rigid socket and silicone hand, unable to move his fingers. At the time, there was no market for fully-functioning prosthetic limbs for infants.

So Ryan Sr. decided to take it upon himself to make one on his own.

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