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Robot lets boy with rare illness attend school

May 16, 2012 12:35:50 PM PDT
In Arkansas, a sixth grade boy with a rare medical condition is now getting the chance to attend class, virtually speaking.

Zach Thomason has a condition associated with muscle weakness and decreased muscle mass. It leaves his body so weak that he can't eat or breathe on his own.

But, the school district has purchased a robot that allows him to virtually sit in class with other students. The robot is equipped with a camera and controlled on a computer that allows him to participate with his class.

"Zach got to sit in on a science project for the first time," special education director Kelly Colbert said. "Zach wanted to keep interrupting the class because he was so excited about being there."

Zach is testing the robot every day for a few hours at a time. He hopes to participate on a daily basis next year.


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