An engineer who lost his right hand after a jet ski accident has become the first person in the UK to be fitted with a revolutionary lifelike bionic limb.
The 'Michelangelo hand' costs £47,000 and is controlled by signals from Christopher Taylor's brain which allows each finger and the thumb to move independently.
It means he can easily grip items which is vital for his job as a self-employed lifting equipment engineer.
The 58-year-old from Devon had his final fitting this week.
- The Michelangelo is named after the Italian artist's painting of God and Adam touching hands
- It's made of soft and hard components, mirroring bones, joints, muscles and tendons
- It has a silicone socket, attaching the hand to Mr Taylor's arm
The hand was fitted by Dorset Orthopaedic director of clinical services David Hills. He had been looking for a suitable patient since first seeing a prototype of the German device several years ago.
Mr Hills said the company is looking for other patients to be fitted with the bionic hand, which can be covered with a glove to match the patient's skin tone for a more natural look.
Earlier this month a 51-year-old man from West Yorkshire became the first person in Britain to receive a transplant using a real human hand. Read his story in full here.