Bionic hand points way to new future
Evan Reynolds thought his future had been ripped away with his left hand when it was amputated in a car accident but now with the aid of the world's most advanced bionic hand, the i-limb, he can do most of the things he used to be able to do before the accident.
The electronic limb works by thought. Evan imagines picking an object up or hitting a computer key and the electrical messages from his brain work the bionic hand.
The technology has been developed in Scotland by Touch Bionics and cost around £30,000.
The i-Limb was developed by a Scottish company, Touch Bionics, and has won awards for its innovative technology. The total cost including the hand itself and the fitting is about £30,000.
Mr Reynolds's older brother Richard saw a television report about the i-LIMB and contacted the manufacturer.
The firm was still working on a prototype at the time, but after a number of tests and meetings with prosthetic specialists, Mr Reynolds had the i-LIMB fitted in February last year.
He said: "The most amazing thing about it was how quickly I adapted to it. People always ask how it's changed my life, but there's no specific thing.
"It's the hundreds of everyday things you take for granted, which I can do again, like peeling a potato, catching a ball, holding a bottle of water.
"I'm incredibly grateful."