US Marine receives first prosthetic arm controlled by implantable sensors

Author: Kristy

By Amanda Woerner Published January 20,

A Marine who lost his right arm in Afghanistan has become the first patient to receive a revolutionary new prosthetic that is controlled by electrodes implanted in his muscles Sidescarphoto

After U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides lost his hand while serving in Afghanistan, he was desperate to get back to his old way of life. Despite the fact that he had mastered the use of his prosthetic, Sides was frustrated by his inability to fluidly do simple things like pick up a water bottle or get money from the ATM.

“I always felt I was holding up the line,” Sides told “I’d have to move my thumb, grab groceries, move the thumb back, then close my hand.”

Sides incurred his injury on July 15, 2012. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when a booby-trapped improvised explosive device (IED) detonated underneath him. As a result of the explosion, Sides lost both his right hand and the vision in his left eye.


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