Matthew James Gets i-Limb Pulse Bionic Hand By Touch Bionics

By on Aug 15, 2011 in Amazing, Health, Science, Technology Comments
i-Limb Pulse Bionic Hand by Matthew James from Touch Bionics
Matthew James with i-Limb Pulse
Image Credit: BBC News

Matthew James, a 14 year old Formula One fan from Wokingham in Berkshire, got his bionic hand wish from Ross Brawn of Mercedes GP Petronas on Friday, August 12, 2011, according to reports by several international news sites.

Reports on Monday, August 15 said that the i-Limb Pulse bionic hand from Scotland firm, Touch Bionics, is worth around £30,000.

Reports say that James was born without a left hand and has long been dreaming of a sophisticated device like the i-Limb. Because of limited money, James sent a letter to Brawn and asked for assistance during the F1 Mercedes boss visit at Reading School.

Mercedes coordinated with Touch Bionics for a technology sharing in exchange for the £25,000 fee to fit the bionic hand in Matthews left hand and train him on how to use it.

James can now use his bionic hand to hold round objects, open jars and carry cups of tea.

Brawn said that “Matthew‘s letter to the team was very touching.” He added that “Meeting Matthew, and hearing firsthand how the new device would improve his quality of life, was a pleasure and I am delighted that our initial contact has now led to such a positive conclusion.”

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