Milestone for unique bionic hand

The hand is controlled by the user’s mind and muscles
A highly functional bionic hand which was invented by a Scottish NHS worker has gone on the market.
The thumb and fingers can move and grip just like a human hand and are controlled by the patient’s mind and muscles.

It was invented by David Gow and was designed and built by Touch Bionics, which is based in Livingston.

The technology has been tested by a number of people, including US soldiers who lost limbs in the Iraq war.

Mr Gow, who is the director of rehabilitation engineering services at NHS Lothian, told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “It’s the first hand to come to the market that’s actually had bending fingers just like your own hand.”

If you gave someone this hand for a month and then gave them back their old device, they would be very disappointed

Donald MacKillop from Kilmarnock was one of the first people to be fitted with the bionic hand in 2006 and has been testing the new hand over the past few months.

The retired welder lost his right hand in an industrial accident almost 30 years ago.

Since then, he has tried a succession of artificial hands but none have come close to the latest version.

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