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Farmer Builds Bionic Arms For Himself And Others
May 29, 2013
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When Sun Jifa lost both his hands in an accident nine years ago, he was worried he would face a lifetime without work and become a burden to his family.

But he couldn't afford the high-quality artificial limbs offered by local hospitals, and the ones he did buy were all but useless.

Sun didn't give up, though. Instead, he spent years crafting his own "bionic arms" out of scrap steel, without professional guidance.

His years of creativity have left him with two functioning artificial limbs that allow him to work on the farm - not to mention more detailed tasks like using a fork.

"By using these hands I can help the family with chores, I can do some farmwork - I'm not useless," he told ITN. "I really feel a weight has lifted."

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He's also become something of a local celebrity - and other people are seeking out his skills.

To date, he says he's sold around 1,000 steel replacement arms for nearly $500 each, which is about one tenth the price of what most hospitals charge for higher quality prosthetics.

The arms aren't perfect, though: Sun told The Daily Mail that steel can be a difficult material to wear at times.

"The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they're tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter," he said.

Via Digital Spy

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