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Car accident victim gets UK's first 'i-Limb' bionic hand

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A student who lost his hand in a car accident has been fitted with a bionic replacement - the first of it's kind in the UK

Evan Reynolds, a sports biology student at University of the West of England, said he was amazed at how quickly he adapted to the revolutionary i-Limb, produced by Scottish manufacturer Touch Bionics.

The 19-year-old, from Haslemere in Surrey, is only the second person in the UK to have this type of prosthetic limb.

He lost his hand in 2006 while being driven home by a friend after a day out. Mr Reynolds was sitting in the passenger seat with his hand resting on the wound-down window ledge when the car scraped a wooden post, instantly tearing off his limb. Prior to the accident he had planned to join the British Army and go to Sandhurst.

The device is controlled by muscle signals known as myoelectrics from the remaining part of the limb. These can be used to open and close the hand's life-like fingers.

"The most amazing thing about it was how quickly I adapted to it," Mr Reynolds said.

The i-Limb was named as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2008 by Time Magazine, and Touch Bionics won the Limbless Association's Prosthetic Product Innovation Award for 2008 for the product.

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