Darth Vader delivers bionic arm to Nebraska boy


(WOWT/CNN) — In the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader is one of the baddest of the bad guys.

But he’s a hero to one Nebraska boy, and that’s because he delivered the boy the gift of a lifetime.

It’s not often that the entire second grade of Gateway Elementary School gets pulled out of class, but today’s a special day.

By the look on Alvin Flores’ face, it’s safe to say he was shocked to see some of the characters from Star Wars in real life.

But when Darth Vader asked him to come up, Alvin was given a box that contained a bionic arm specifically made for him.

Alvin has lived his entire life without one. As he put it on for the first time, his friends could hardly wait to see it.

He would then lead the Star Wars group on a special tour of his school. Students are lining the halls, all jockeying for a look at Alvin, his arm, and his new friends.

For his mom Leticia Flores, the sight of her son being cheered on by his classmates and his beaming smile as the sixth graders chant his name, it’s all priceless.

“He knows that I love him the way that he is,” she said, “and I always tell him, ‘papi, don’t let anybody tell you what you can or cannot do.'”

The bionic arm was created by Limb-It-Less Solutions, a non-profit based at the University of Central Florida. Students there build 3-D bionic arms, then give them away to children.

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