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Boy uses robot to attend classes

August 27, 2013 | Telepresence Options

school education telepresence robot

Story and images by WDAM

WYNNEWOOD, OK (KFOR/CNN) - Illness has kept an Oklahoma first- grader Conrad Dixon from setting foot inside a classroom.

He's still able to attend class, and even travel the halls of his school with the help of some futuristic technology.

Conrad sees his classmates, and they see him - his face in the monitor of a telepresence system of a robot.

He's had to miss a lot of class because of severe allergies and a very rare immune system disorder, so rare it doesn't even have a name.

As far as his family knows, young Conrad is the only one in the world who has it. They hope a bone marrow transplant will get him healthy enough to enjoy a normal life.

He will leave Oklahoma this weekend for Denver, and he's taking his new robot with him.

"I just have to have it because I'm going to Denver for something called a bone marrow transplant and I'm going to be leaving for awhile. And that's all I pretty much know," said Conrad.

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