Medford Man is First Civilian to Get New Bionic Hand

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

A Medford man is now the first U.S. civilian to be fitted for a bionic hand. In 2006, Matt Razink, 36, lost his left hand after doctors had to amputate his arm just below the elbow after it was caught in a piece of construction equipment.

Thursday, Razink was fitted with the latest technology in hand prosthetics, the “Michelangelo Hand”. Unlike other prosthetic hands, it has an electric opposable thumb which allows for more movement and grasping power.

Prior to Razink, the bionic hand was only available to ten soldiers who lost their hands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A "Michelangelo Hand" costs about $100,000.

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