Pro-life video of the day: Emma hugs Mom

by Hans Johnson

Megan Lavelle’s daughter Emma was born wth a condition known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which greatly weakens the muscles of her arms. Using 3D printers, Tariq Rahman and Whitney Sample at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children have constructed the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton. It is made of lightweight plastic attached to a plastic vest, and enables Emma to play, draw, and hug her mother. She calls the device her “magic arms”.

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13 thoughts on “Pro-life video of the day: Emma hugs Mom”

  1. Every single time I hear ‘rare genetic disorder’ and miscarriage in the US-population these days, I think “The #1 culprit is GM(genetically modified) foods.”  Sorry, can’t help now, but maybe the people who read this blog and who eat nearly 100% of their daily diet GM-foods will stop.


  2. Beautiful story.
    John, didn’t humanity experience rare genentic disorders and miscarriages long before GM foods? I’m not a supporter of such foods, but I don’t sincerely understand your position.


  3. The economy is so bad Paula Broadwell is now being forced to sleep with only three star generals. Ugh! [Applause]

    The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

    The economy is so bad President Obama sent Susan Rice out to defend it. That’s how bad the economy is.

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  4. Mary Ann, yep there were.   The difficulty here, is with the meaning of rare.  There can be an increase of 500X and still be ‘rare’.
    However, there also was a very-rare case of lung cancer ‘before smoking’ …. ie. it wasn’t the smoking of tobacco that is the ‘problem’.  [North American native peoples have been smoking tobacco for centuries with no problems.]  Today’s smoking-industries make all kinds of short-cuts in the ‘curing’ process.
    A similar difficulty lies in the use of aspartame (sugar ‘free’) and multiple sclerosis.  In one study ms incidence went from 6 per 100,000 to 3,000 per 100,000 …. because it is still (medical term) rare, no link is drawn.  And we now have the American Diabetes Foundation recommending aspartame to its members.  [Its been known since the 1930’s that the human gastric juices convert aspartame into formaldehyde.]
    Now to GM foods …. other animal (farm) species have genetic problems, infertility, miscarriage difficulties at vastly increase rates when eating GM foods …. is there a link?  I guess we should all just wait, until this ‘experiment’ on us and on our food is finished.


  5. Hey John and ken,
    Yeah, I’m also worried about unhealthy food and a sinking economy with a bad captain.
    That’s why right now I’d just like to have a smile about a little girl who can finally hug her mom, and I’ll save the rim shots for the medical technicians who made that possible.
    In other words, don’t harsh my mellow!


  6. Hi Hans,
    I’m not  indiffe rdn t to a  rare genetic disorder, quite the opposite. i too have/am such a rare bird called Friedreich’s Ataxia. And I have my moments (very infrequent these days).  Its like being fully aware of what is happening, but being unable to stop this truck (my body) from mauling me,
    Bottom line, it’s the pits, even when patted on my head.   I know techniques that change people physically but I’ll be damned if I can change an attitude,  Hey, we’re talking about YOUR kid here!
    Read about ‘Not Dead Yet’ to see if your comfort helps anyone.


  7. This kid is freaking adorable.
    And I am sorry about your health issues John I hope you have them under control if that’s possible with that condition.


  8. I hope to educate a little here, Hans.  What Jack sees and what I see, is that she is adorable …. without question.  Huge problem though because it shifts the frustration felt by Emma to the  comfort of good-vibes felt by any observer.  There is a definite ‘remoteness’ because you are only an observer.  I know this well since the days of Jerry’s Kids when the kids chosen were for their ‘cuteness’.  If you have ever visited a ward of these children, cute/adorable is absolutely the last words, you would use.  Hopefully, you will be moved enough by the sheer horror to say and live by: ‘Never ever again!’


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