New Grip for Wounded Soldier

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A breakthrough bionic hand is helping a wounded war vet from Universal City, Texas get his life back.

While serving in Iraq Sgt. Juan Arredondo's hand was completely severed by an improvised explosive device. Now a state of the art prosthetic is giving him hope for the future.

Arredondo put his severed hand in his pocket after the 2005 incident but doctors could not re-attach it.

The 27-year old is one of the first people in the world to use the new 'I-LIMB Hand' and he is surprised at how real it feels.

Like many other prosthetic devices, sensors to turn muscle signals into movement but the fingers on the I-Limb are all individually powered allowing for much more functionality.

Creators of the I-Limb say the hand is sensitive to some elements but is made of high strength plastic and cutting edge technology which makes it revolutionary.

I-Lib hands like Juan's are $50,000 to $150,000 but his was paid for by the Department of Defense.

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