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Gaza amputees embrace life with bionic limbs — for free

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Gaza amputees embrace life with bionic limbs — for free

A new project, the first of its kind in Palestinian territories, has so far provided 21 people with ‘smart’ limbs

Nidal Al Mughrabi

A “smart” prosthetic hand that mimics human anatomy and motion has allowed Ahmed Abu Hamda to play with his children and regain self-esteem, part of a new project in Gaza Strip, where conflict with Israel has left hundreds of Palestinians without limbs.

Since March, a Qatari-funded hospital in Gaza has been providing myoelectric prostheses, motorised devices powered by batteries and controlled by electrical signals generated by muscles.

Hamda, 36, lost his right hand in 2007 when unexploded ordnance detonated. He is now able to play with his two children, eat, drink and do home repairs with his newly installed myoelectric limb, he said...

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