Srinagar: 14-year-old Sahil of Srinagar was injured in an explosion while returning from a coaching class and lost his right arm. This made the boy unable to do daily life activities and the most important thing, he could not write or study properly.
With a complete derailment of teenager’s daily needs, Sahil went into depression. However, the boy would no longer have to suffer anymore as he got a myoelectric hand. Fortunately, he has started writing again and is now ready to go to school.
“I can now open and close my fists. I can open a bottle and drink water on my own. I also tie the shoelace and can play with friends, I am very happy,” says Sahil.
What is a myoelectric hand:
“Myoelectric” is the term for electric properties of muscles. A myoelectric-controlled prosthesis is an externally powered artificial limb that can be controlled with electrical signals generated naturally by patient’s own muscles.
According to Neeraj Saxena, director of P&O International – A Delhi based institute for Hi-Tech robotic Prosthetics – Sahil’s myoelectric hand has been made in the country. This is the first time, that this type of service is being indigenously available and manufactured, the doctor said.