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.