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Bionic Hand Adds Quality of Life in a Fifty Four Year Old Man

by Savitha C Muppala on March 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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 Bionic Hand Adds Quality of Life in a Fifty Four Year Old Man

Nigel Ackland, 54, is the recipient of the most advanced prosthetic limb in the world - the bebionic3 which enables him tie his shoe laces.

He had lost his lower right arm in an industrial accident six and a half years ago. Now, he is one among seven people in the world to be fitted with a Terminator-style mechanical limb in November 2012.

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Bebionic3 myoelectric hand is made of carbon fibre and is strapped to his elbow and is able to sense and respond to Nigel's muscle twitches like a real hand.

It has enabled him touch, feel, type and chop vegetables for the first time in six years. He said: "The hand has made me much happier. I look forward to wearing a t-shirt now.
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"I used to shy away from talking to people and wouldn't want to go out but now I like to talk about the hand. It feels more natural every day.Since I was first given the hand they have developed it several times whenever someone who is trialing it notices a design flaw.

"I was walking the dog and he took off chasing something ripping the lead out of my hand - but unfortunately the fingers came off too. So they added stainless steel into the links to make sure they were stronger and could with stand that kind of force again."



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