(KNWA/ NBC) An Arkansas student is breaking barriers to create his own destiny.
Arkhan Langinbelik was only 6 months old when his leg was amputated due to a foot deformity that prevented him from walking.
Now he can run and play, thanks to something he invented himself.
“I like playing basketball, and I also like going outside doing activities, and playing video games,” Arkhan says. “You know, normal teenager stuff.”
Langinbelik lives his life like a normal teenager, but for the past four years, he’s been doing something extraordinary.
“I have to pay every year for a new leg, so I thought I could make my own leg to the point where I don’t have to pay any more,” he says.
His elementary school teacher gave him the initial idea to 3-D print his own leg.
Then his teacher at Sonora Middle School, Derek Ratchford, gave him the tools he needed to finish his project.
“He was starting to give up a little bit, and I couldn’t let that happen,” Ratchford says.
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