Chinese Farmer Makes His Own Bionic Prosthetic Hands

May 28, 2013


This is Sun Jifa, a Chinese farmer who lost both his hands and, forced to make the decision between saving for expensive prosthetics from the hospital or using barely functioning cheap ones, decided to make his own. Now he's building and selling them to other amputees at a tenth of the cost charged by hospitals, and has already sold over 1,000. That's a lot of hands.

Sun Jifa, from China's northern Jilin province, lost both his hands when a fishing explosive went off prematurely in his home nine years ago.

Eager to get his hands back, Sun spent the next eight years crafting his own steel bionic pair from scratch with little direction but his own intuition.

"It transfers power from the natural movement of my elbow into the finger, allowing it to grab and hold. This is the left hand. For the other hand, rotating the two bones that I have left in this arm allows my right hand to open and close like this."

Sun's hands made him a practical celebrity in his hometown and earned him national media attention.

Wait -- he lost his hands when a fishing explosive went off prematurely IN HIS HOME? That is like, as premature as possible for a fishing explosive. ZERO BOATS IN SIGHT. That said, I used to know a guy who made his own fireworks at home. "What happened to him?" WTF do you think happened to him? "House fire?" Roller coaster came off the tracks.

Hit the jump for a video of Sun's inspirational story.

Thanks to whoever sent me this who's email I couldn't find again. That's my bad and I feel awful about it.

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