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Doing everyday things with bionic hand – 'priceless'

A TEENAGER who lost an arm and a leg as a baby has become the first person in the UK to receive a revolutionary bionic hand which can be manipulated by remote control.

Patrick Kane (16), from London, was fitted with the i-limb ultra revolution and has described its functions as "priceless".

The hand was developed by Touch Bionics, a world leader in prosthetic technologies, based in Scotland, and it is promoted as their most dexterous product to date.

During a visit to the company's headquarters, Patrick said: "I would hate to have to rely on someone. Previously, I would have to say: 'Excuse me, would you mind if you tied my shoe lace for me?' I personally find that a little bit embarrassing."

The new version provides greater movement in the thumb and can be controlled by muscle contraction or a mobile phone app, which has 24 hand positions, aka quick grips, which the user can select with the touch of a button.

Patrick said: "It will allow me to do things that I could do previously but quicker, more efficiently and more fluidly, and overall give a much more natural look to the way I move."

Patrick lost part of his left arm and right leg after he contracted meningococcal septicaemia when he was nine months old. Doctors said he was lucky to have survived.

Irish Independent