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Man builds himself bionic hands

2012-08-16 09:23:05 GMT2012-08-16 17:23:05(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

After the accident, Sun Jifa, 51, of Guanmashan, Jilin province, in northern China, desperately needed to work on his family farm, according to the Daily Mail. “I survived, but I had no hands,” he explained. (EuroPics/CEN)

After the accident, Sun Jifa, 51, of Guanmashan, Jilin province, in northern China, desperately needed to work on his family farm, according to the Daily Mail. “I survived, but I had no hands,” he explained. (EuroPics/CEN)“I couldn’t afford to buy the false hand the hospital wanted me to have, so I decided to make my own,” Jifa says. He spent eight years handcrafting prototypes before finally creating metal hands that could grip and hold. (EuroPics/CEN)

“The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy,” he concedes. “So they’re tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter.” (EuroPics/CEN)

"There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune.” He says he will further develop the design for other disabled people. (EuroPics/CEN)

“The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy,” he concedes. “So they’re tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter.” (EuroPics/CEN)

Sun Jifa lost both his hands when a homemade blast-fishing bomb exploded prematurely. Unable to afford the prosthetic limbs offered by a hospital, he created his own.

(Agencies)

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