Boy lived as robot for 2 years

Created on April 29, 2013

A young boy in America spent two months living as a robot!

The boy named Grady was eight years old when he had to be kept in hospital for two months after having a bone marrow transplant.

Due to the operation he couldn’t leave to go home, see his friends or go to school. So doctors and the hospital sent a robot out in his place.

Grady used a computer from his hospital bed to control his “Grady-Bot”. Its cameras, mic and speakers meant Grady could see, hear and talk to people.

It meant he didn’t miss out on things like school and his brother’s birthday BBQ.

Grady, who’s better now, could even have dinner with his family around the table at home.

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    November 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

    coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllll i wish that i had one to so i don’t have to go to school

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    August 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I got confused cuz I thought his brain got transplanted into a robot for 2 years

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    April 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    wow that is so cool it is amazing how he can do that

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    August 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    can I have it?

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    August 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Creepy. Cool, but creepy

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    July 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm


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    June 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Impressive looks like lots of fun I bet he is happy now he can do things properly

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    Jabulani and Andy

    June 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Andy: I think that this article is truly inspiring and that robot that was built for Grady should be built for everyone who’s in the hospital because of a serious injury. I just love this because it shows that faith in humanity has been restored in hospital and medical care places.

    Jabulani: I think that this article is an amazing. I think that the robot was a unique way of Grady still getting around and to be still able to be around his family and peers. This article was an inspiring article and think that this robot should be used for those kids or people in the hospital who have serious injuries where they can’t go out to places.

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    lol girl

    May 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    2 months

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    May 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I think 2 months Alicia

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    May 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Did Grady live as a robot for two years or two months?

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    May 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm


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