Daniel Omar was the kid responsible for this whole crazy limb bonanza. In fact, Not Impossible named the entire project -- Project Daniel -- for him. Here's the start of a Time Magazine profile by Alex Perry:
"At the Mother of Mercy Hospital, deep in rebel-held territory in southern Sudan's Nuba Mountains, 14-year-old Daniel Omar describes how, on a bright clear day in early March, a bomb dropped by his own government blew off both his hands."
For most people, reading something like that causes momentary depression, best assuaged by donating $10 to whatever charity seems relevant or eating an entire family-sized bag of Doritos while watching cartoons. Mick had a different reaction:
"After I read this article at 11 o'clock at night, that was the moment I decided I had to do something."
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And not just because everything was a rerun.
Daniel was not exactly excited when he heard that some American was flying into town with a miracle box to print him an arm. First, because that sounds like sci-fi gibberish, and, second, because he had heard that "we're giving you a free arm" spiel from charities before:
"He'd already had prosthetic arms made for him out of Uganda. But, they were essentially mannequin arms. They were purely for aesthetics. When he got off the plane with his new mannequin arms, he shook them down and said, 'I'm not wearing these things.'"
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"Unless you give me a bunch more. Then, I can be Doctor Octopus whenever I want."
But, Mick didn't arrive at the airport with the disassembled cast of Mannequin 3: Mannequan't Get Enough. He not only had plans for real, working prosthetics, but the equipment to help the locals make as many as they needed. Unfortunately, that whole "nightmarish war enveloping the entire country" kicked up again, right as they were ready to head out:
"We had every curveball in the world thrown at us -- not the least of which was a ceasefire ending, war breaking out, bombs going off during interviews, [and] not able to go out where we wanted to go."
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