Man creates bionic limbs to support family - 08-17-2012, 11:38 PM
Prosthetic Limbs After Losing Hands In A
Fishing Accident (PHOTOS)
Nearly a decade ago, Sun Jifa lost his hands in a fishing-related explosion.
To make matters worse, he soon realized that he couldn't afford the
prosthetic hands recommended by the hospital.
Instead of wallowing, though, the 51-year-old man from Guanmashan, Jilin
province, northern China, just decided to build his own bionic hands.
"I survived [the fishing accident] but I had no hands and I couldn't afford
to buy the false hands the hospital wanted me to have -- so I decided to
make my own," he explained to the Croatian Times.
After eight years of tinkering, he says he finally developed a working model
that allows him to grip, hold, and mimic other necessary movements via a
system of pulleys and wires.
"I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love
normally and feed myself just like anyone else," he told the Daily Mail.
"The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they're tiring to wear
and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter," Sun added to
the Daily Mail.
According to Xinhua, an estimated 24 million people in China have limb
disabilities and would benefit from rehab services and greater prosthetics
Check out more images of Sun Jifa's self-made limbs below:
It took him 8 years and he made it using scrap metal he found. He wants to develop his design for those who cannot afford expensive prosthetic limbs.
He basically made himself new hands without any hands. Amazing.
To advise others is an easy matter, the difficulty is accepting advice -- since it is bitter for those who follow their
own inclinations and desires.
-Imam al Ghazali
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