Midtown Medical Center patients ‘play’ with military robots

Midtown Medical Center patients ‘play’ with military robots

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Young patients at Midtown Medical Center got the chance to play with some new "toys" on Tuesday – robots from Fort Benning!

The pediatric patients learned how these robots operate. The steady work of these mechanical arms could probably diffuse a bomb, but today they were just a new friend for patients to play with.

"We decided that some of the children that are up here in the hospital, we have access to these robots that we use on a daily basis for training and IED bomb disposal, just kinda figured give them something to play with, something cool to see, something out of the norm," said SSGT David Mensink with the 789th Ordinance Detachment, Explosive Ordinance Disposal. "Just something fun to do . Make it a little bit easier having to be up here in the hospital."

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team takes care of any explosive hazards ranging from military ammunitions, to IEDs.

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