Pizza waiter creates prosthetic arm to help 4-year-old customer ride a bike

Drew Gill was born without part of her arm.

ByABC News
May 17, 2018, 3:43 PM

A typical night out for pizza turned into a fateful encounter for one Ohio family, who enlisted the help of their server to create a prosthetic arm for their 4-year-old daughter.

Brandi and Andrew Gill -- regulars at LaRosa's, a pizzeria in Mount Orab, Ohio -- were telling their server one night, 18-year-old Austin Weber, about how their daughter, Drew, was having trouble turning her bike, ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO reported. Drew was born without part of her left arm.

PHOTO: Drew's parents, Brandi and Andrew Gill, said they were having pizza one night when server Andrew Weber told them he could help their daughter ride her bike by creating a prosthetic.
Drew's parents, Brandi and Andrew Gill, said they were having pizza one night when server Andrew Weber told them he could help their daughter ride her bike by creating a prosthetic.
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Turns out, the Gills told the right person about Drew's difficulties. Weber builds prosthetics using a 3D printer when he isn't waiting tables at the restaurant.

"We were just having a casual conversation with him -- asked him how he's been -- and it led to this," Andrew Gill said.

PHOTO: Pizza restaurant server Andrew Weber designed a prosthetic arm to help a 4-year-old customer ride a bike.
Pizza restaurant server Andrew Weber designed a prosthetic arm to help a 4-year-old customer ride a bike.
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Weber, who has also created a thumb for his ROTC instructor, has been praised for his ingenuity in the field.

"He's always coming up with some really great ideas," his teacher, Andy Creighton, told WCPO.

Weber designed and built several prototypes until he found one that was perfect for Drew.

PHOTO: Pizza restaurant server Andrew Weber designed a prosthetic arm to help a 4-year-old customer ride a bike.
Pizza restaurant server Andrew Weber designed a prosthetic arm to help a 4-year-old customer ride a bike.
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Once it was ready, Weber attached the prosthetic to a blue bike for Drew to give a spin.

Drew smiled as her mother strapped a pink unicorn helmet onto her head and the prosthetic device on to her arm.

PHOTO: The 4-year-old rode a bike for the first time on Wednesday.
The 4-year-old rode a bike for the first time on Wednesday.
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With a push, the 4-year-old giggled as she made successful turns on her bicycle for the first time.

"Just to see the excitement on her face once she figured out that she can turn it on her own just really means the world," Andrew Gill said.

PHOTO: Drew Gill, 4, was born without part of her arm.
Drew Gill, 4, was born without part of her arm.
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Even though the device works, Weber will continue to make tweaks until it's perfect, he said.

Creighton said that Weber is the future of the country.

"People talk about the future of our country, and I think it's probably in pretty good hands," Creighton said.

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