11 December 2013
A soldier who lost an arm while in Afghanistan has become the first person in the UK to receive a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.
Corporal Andrew Garthwaite’s revolutionary ‘robotic’ prosthetic, which was fully funded by MOD, was shown off to his peers and Defence Minister Anna Soubry during his final visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court today.
While there, Corporal Garthwaite was able to demonstrate how the mind-controlled prosthetic has transformed his life, empowering him to independently carry out a wide range of day-to-day tasks including opening doors, gardening and even cooking.
Corporal Garthwaite was severely injured by a rocket-propelled grenade on operations in Afghanistan in 2010.
He lost his entire right arm but was given the opportunity to become the first person in the country to participate in a revolutionary nerve transfer surgery known as targeted muscle reinnervation....
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