Chinese Man Builds Own Bionic Hands After Bomb Fishing Accident
Aug 15, 2012 11:09
Meet Sun Jifa, the proud owner of a new pair of arms that he built himself after losing his hands to a homemade bomb.
It all began 8 years ago, when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing exploded prematurely. He could not afford the hospital's prosthetic limbs, but desperately needed the use of
his hands to work on the family farm.
So instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for himself, the determined 51-year-old from northern China decided he would fashion his own bionic hands from scrap metal.
He spent years making prototypes before finally creating a pair of metal hands which can grip and hold thanks to a series of wires and pulleys inside the shell. He controls them with movements using his elbows. The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they're tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter. He now plans to develop the design for other similarly disabled people.