US Marine, Claudia Mitchell, had everything going for her. Then she was in a serious motorcycle accident an lost her arm. She lost hope for a normal life after the tragedy.
In 2005, she learned of a bionic arm that was in the experimental stages. The arm was heavy. It also involved extensive surgery where her nerves were rerouted to her chest muscles. The healthy muscles in her chest would send signals to electrodes working off of her thoughts. The surgery had only been performed 6 times. 5 worked out well, while one was unsuccessful. She knew the risks and decided to do it anyway.
It’s been over a year since Mitchell got her new arm. It took almost a year to learn how to control it. The arm has normal sensations like heat and pressure. She can peel fruit, open jars, and feel the sensation of the human touch. If you ask Mitchell, it’s been worth it.
The BBC has a photograph of Mitchell with her new arm: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5348458.stm