Youngest person to be fitted with a bionic hand

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Nine-year-old Josh Cathcart from Scotland has become the youngest person in the world to be fitted with a bionic hand.

Josh was born with his right arm missing from the elbow down.

He is very happy with his new hand as he used to get badly bullied. He is enjoying being able to stack up blocks, tie a knot and pull up his own trousers.

The i-limb quantum bionic had is controlled by the wearer’s muscle signals and a mobile app. It is said to be the first prosthetic hand that could change grips with a gesture.

The wearer could activate the desired grip by moving the hand in any of four different directions.

“I got it put on about two days ago. It feels quite heavy. I can stick my thumb up. I can make a pinch grip, I can get a grip for cutting with a knife,” Josh said.

The bionic hand works from electrodes which are positioned on the surface of his skin within the socket of his prosthesis. When he tenses those muscles, the electrodes open and close the hand.

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