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He had his hands amputated when he was three, but now Alan Gifford can ride a bike thanks to a bionic hand

Alan Gifford had to have his hands amputated when he was three. Credit: ITV News

A little boy whose hands were amputated when he was just three years old, has ridden a bike for the first time, after he was given a new bionic hand.

10-year-old Alan Gifford was born with a complex heart condition, and lost both his hands after contracting a rare infection after major heart surgery.

We first met Alan last summer when his family first launched the campaign to raise £60,000 to get him a new pair of hands.

10-year-old Alan can now go out on his bike with his friends, after he got a £28,000 bionic hand. Credit: ITV News

Since then Alan has been working with a prosthetics company in Scotland to create a bionic hand, which would allow Alan to do things like ride a bike and hold a fork for the first time - things he's not previously been able to do.

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Now Alan, from Swansea, can do all the things that other children his age might take for granted, like ride his bike, use a knife and fork, and brush his teeth - all thanks to a £28,000 bionic hand.

I can't describe how it feels to see him with his hand and being able to do everything he wants to be able to do. He's now more independent than he was before and it's made a huge difference to him.

It's definitely been ups and downs of emotions. From thinking, what's he going to do now he's got no hands, how's he going to be able to cope, to actually seeing him now with the hand on and being able to do so much for himself. It's just amazing to see him do it now.

– Hannah Jones, Alan's mum
The hand, which cost £28,000, has given Alan the ability to write, brush his teeth and use cutlery. Credit: ITV News

The family is still raising money to fund a second hand so Alan can have even more independence.

Once he's got the two hands, the whole world will be open for him and he can do whatever he wants to do. He's already said he would like to be a special needs teacher when he's older. So it's all open to him whatever he wants to do he can go out and do. There's nothing to stop him.

– Hannah Jones, Alan's mother