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Boy allergic to all foods attends school with robot's help

Gabriel Dispenziere attends fourth-grade classes at Aqueboque Elementary School through the VGo robotic system.

Eight-year-old Gabriel Dispenziere celebrates the end of his
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Eight-year-old Gabriel Dispenziere celebrates the end of his first school production, a spring chorus performance where he introduced his class and sang along with the help of a VGo, a robot that takes his place in the classroom.

Gabriel Dispenziere looks out from inside his mother's
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Gabriel Dispenziere looks out from inside his mother's beauty salon. Gabriel, who has a rare condition that renders him allergic to all food, attends school from the a room in the salon via a system that uses a robot.

Eight-year-old Gabriel Dispenziere attends class at Aqueboque Elementary
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Eight-year-old Gabriel Dispenziere attends class at Aqueboque Elementary School in Riverhead through the VGo system, a robot that takes his place in the classroom.

Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, hooks himself up to a
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Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, hooks himself up to a feeding tube. While he sleeps, a machine beside his bed pumps an amino acid formula into his stomach. Gabriel, who is allergic to all food proteins, has eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, a rare condition in which allergic reactions to food cause inflammation of the esophagus.

Gabriel Dispenziere works with his tutor, Tanya McGowan.
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Gabriel Dispenziere works with his tutor, Tanya McGowan. Gabriel has eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, a rare condition in which allergic reactions to food cause inflammation of the esophagus. On this day, Gabriel was fighting the effects of allergy medicine that made him so drowsy he had difficulty focusing on his work.

Gabriel Dispenziere introduces the first song for the
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Gabriel Dispenziere introduces the first song for the spring concert at the Aquebogue Elementary School by use of the VGo robot system, center, with general music teacher Roy Buccola and fourth-grade teacher Robert Shilling, June 1, 2015.

Raquel Dispenziere, center, proudly watches her son Gabriel
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Raquel Dispenziere, center, proudly watches her son Gabriel participate in his first school concert by use of the VGo robotic system at Aquebogue Elementary School, June 1, 2015.

Susan Tocci, left, Olivia Dispenziere and Raquel Dispenziere--
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Susan Tocci, left, Olivia Dispenziere and Raquel Dispenziere-- Gabriel Dispenziere's mother -- find Gabriel's name in the spring concert program at the Aquebogue Elementary School, June 1, 2015. Gabriel, who is allergic to all food proteins, participated in the concert remotely with the help of a VGo robotic system.

Gabriel Dispenziere, seen on the video system of
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Gabriel Dispenziere, seen on the video system of the VGo robot, center, he uses to attend school, poses with friends Mikayla Scott of Riverhead and Sean Donohue of Aquebogue after their class' spring concert at Aquebogue Elementary School on June 1, 2015.

Gabriel Dispenziere uses his VGo system to sing
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Gabriel Dispenziere uses his VGo system to sing along with fourth-graders during the spring concert at the Aquebogue Elementary School, June 1, 2015.

Gabriel Dispenziere attends fourth grade at Aqueboque Elementary
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Gabriel Dispenziere attends fourth grade at Aqueboque Elementary School in Riverhead through the VGo system, a robot that takes his place in the classroom. Gabriel has eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, a rare condition in which allergic reactions to food cause inflammation of the esophagusl.

Gabriel Dispenziere sits in a room in the
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Gabriel Dispenziere sits in a room in the back of his mother's beauty salon where he connects with his fouth-grade class. Gabriel, 8, has eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, a rare condition in which allergic reactions to food cause inflammation of the esophagus. With the efforts of his mom and his teacher he now attends school through a robotic system that takes his place in the classroom.

Gabriel Dispenziere sits in a room in the
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Gabriel Dispenziere sits in a room in the back of his mother's beauty salon in Riverhead where he connects with his fourth-grade class via a robotic system.

Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, enjoys a day at the
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Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, enjoys a day at the beach with his mom Raquel. Gabriel has a rare condition that makes him allergic to all food, and going to beach is one of the few activities he can enjoy without fear of getting sick.

Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, enjoys a day at the
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Gabriel Dispenziere, 8, enjoys a day at the beach. Gabriel has eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, a rare condition in which allergic reactions to food -- and, in Gabriel's case, even its proximity in the environment -- can cause inflammation of the esophagus. The condition keeps him from attending school. Being in the water at the beach is one of the few activities Gabriel can enjoy without fear of getting sick because there is little food around.

Gabriel Dispenziere and his mother, Raquel Dispenziere, work
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Gabriel Dispenziere and his mother, Raquel Dispenziere, work on Gabriel's homework at their home in Riverhead.

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