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Oregon man gets first real bionic hand

July 9, 2008 6:28:19 AM PDT
A man in Portland, Oregon, has become the first person to have a real bionic hand.James Bristol lost his hand while clearing a jam in his table saw about a year ago.

He has had several surgeries and said he is getting the hang of his new hand. It's the first bionic hand that looks and acts like a human hand, thanks to i-LIMB technology.

"I wouldn't say I feel like Steve Austin. The hand doesn't have the ability to punch through a wall, but at least I can grab the wall," Bristol said.

Each finger has a separate motor to make it easier to do everyday things like washing dishes, folding clothes and tearing open a packet of sugar.

 

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