Matthew James is 14 years old and was born without his left hand. Determined to have the best bionic hand possible, he wrote to Ross Brawn, boss of F1 team Mercedes GP Petronas, asking for £35,000 to pay for a top-of-the range artificial limb in return for sponsor the hand by putting the Mercedes logo on it.
Mercedes thought it was a great idea and teamed up with prosthetics specialists Touch Bionics to create a customised i-LIMB Pulse – the most advanced technology of its type in the world. The hand is strong enough and versatile enough to allow Matthew to draw and write with a pen, take pictures with a DSLR, tie his shoe laces and catch a ball.
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