Robot helps boy fighting cancer attend school
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A boy who is being treated for cancer in another state is attending school like he normally would in South Florida thanks to some high-tech help.
Twelve-year-old Kyle Weintraub is from Davie but is receiving treatment for cancer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Kyle was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma back in May. Through the help of this robot known as VGO, he is still able to see his friends and attend classes at the David Posnack Jewish day school in Davie. "Kyle can be in class even though he is not here. He moves around like any other student would. He runs through the halls-- or rolls through the halls-- and interacts," said David Posnack Jewish Day School's Director of Technology Jeff Shapiro.
The robot has a camera and a computer monitor. The teachers can see Kyle, and the robot is equipped with a camera so Kyle can be fully involved. He can be in the classroom without actually being there. "VGO is a great invention; it is really great for Kyle. It's a robot that runs on a wireless network, and Kyle is actually in class even though he is not here," said Shapiro.
The robot costs between $6,000-$8,000. The school, Kyle's family and even a sixth grader helped with the funding.
Kyle, through the help of VGO, may be able move around the school, virtually, however he hoped that one day he can return. In the meantime, classmates say it is wonderful to see Kyle everyday. "It's good to have cause we can see him. We can talk to him ... pretty cool," said classmate Ben Berkson.
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