Soldier gets UK's first 'robotic' arm

Corporal Andrew Garthwaite from South Shields has become the first person in the UK to receive a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.

Full report: South Shields soldier gets UK's first 'thought controlled' arm

A soldier from South Shields has become the first person in the UK to receive a 'thought-controlled' prosthetic arm.

Corpral Andrew Garthwaite lost his arm when he was hit by a rocket propelled grenade while serving in Afghanistan.

Now he is able to control the movement in his bionic arm by focusing his mind on nerves connected to muscles in his chest. Richard Wilson reports.

South Shields soldier gets UK’s first ‘robotic’ arm

Impressed: Corporal Garthwaite with Defence Minister Anna Soubry. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Corporal Garthwaite lost his arm while serving in Afghanistan. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Corporal Andrew Garthwaite from South Shields, who lost his arm while serving his country in Afghanistan, has become the first person in the UK to receive a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.

Corporal Garthwaite’s revolutionary ‘robotic’ arm was fully funded by the Ministry of Defence. He made his final visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in Surrey today.

While at the Centre, Corporal Garthwaite was able to demonstrate how the new arm has changed his life, allowing him to perform basic tasks like opening doors, gardening and cooking.

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