Local man gets bionic fingers after accident

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SAN DIEGO -- A local man who lost his most of his hand in an accident is one of the first in the nation to be fitted with bionic fingers.

“There are two sensors embedded in the silicon glove," said Moises Aramburo as he tried out his new hand. "They touch my skin and pick up an electrical brain impulse.”

Aramburo is among the first in the country to try out Quantum Fingers by Touch Bionics -- cutting-edge robotic technology that gives function back to amputees.

Aramburo lost four fingers on his right hand in 2012.  He was being pulled behind a truck during a flood in Mexico -- surfing -- when the towrope got stuck on a gutter.

“It served as an anchor," he said. "The car kept moving and the towrope took my fingers off.”

After 19 hours of surgery, his fingers could not be saved. He admits now that the loss forced him to do some serious soul searching.

“I was in the hospital for two months. I was constantly beating myself up about what had happened and thinking of all the thing I couldn’t do," he said.

Then a friend introduced him to Touch Bionics, a Scottish company pioneering customized sensor driven robotic prosthetic.

“After an amputation you still have the muscles in the hand, so we pick up those muscles an adapt them to hand function," said Jonathan Skerritt, a specialist at Hanger Clinic in Hillcrest.

When FOX 5 met him at the clinic, he was getting his final fitting and demonstrating the life-changing technology.

“I can take pictures with this hand. I can hold a cup coffee and do everything almost that you can," Aramburo said. “It’s very intuitive."

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