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Chinese man spends eight years building himself bionic hands after DIY accident (well, he was building a bomb to go fishing)

  • Sun Jifa, 51, lost both his hands when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing in Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, exploded
  • Could not afford hospital's prosthetic arms so made his own

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A man who lost both hands when a homemade bomb exploded has finally created a new pair of arms after eight years of planning. 

Sun Jifa could not afford the hospital's prosthetic limbs after the explosive for blast fishing detonated prematurely, but desperately needed the use of his hands to work on the family farm.

That's when the 51-year-old from Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, decided to create his own bionic hands.

 

 

 
Invention: Sun Jifa, lost both his hands when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing in Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, exploded prematurely

Invention: Sun Jifa, lost both his hands when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing in Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, exploded prematurely

 

 
Back to work: Sun Jifa, lost both his hands when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing in Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, exploded prematurely

Determined: The 51-year-old spent eight years making his bionic hand

'I survived but I had no hands and I couldn't afford to buy the false hands the hospital wanted me to have - so I decided to make my own,' he explained.

 

Sun spent eight years making prototypes before finally creating a pair of metal hands which can grip and hold thanks to a series of wires and pulleys inside the shell.

'I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else,' explained the real life tin man.

 
Idea: 'I survived but I had no hands and I couldn't afford to buy the false hands the hospital wanted me to have - so I decided to make my own,' he explained

Idea: 'I survived but I had no hands and I couldn't afford to buy the false hands the hospital wanted me to have - so I decided to make my own,' he explained

 

 
 
Sun, 51, lost both his hands when a bomb he was creating for blast fishing in Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, exploded prematurely.
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,
 

Difficulty: 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, said Sun

'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,' added Sun.

Now he plans to develop the design for other similarly disabled people.

'I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune,' he said.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188226/Chinese-man-spends-years-building-bionic-hands-DIY-accident-building-bomb-fishing.html#ixzz23XWX3kkQ

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can it be? real life automail
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can it be? real life automail

 

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Can afford to make bombs, but can't afford healthcare.
Either the system, or his priorities are really messed up.
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post #7 of 65
But if he lost both of his hands in the blast...
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that is amazing
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How did he build the limbs when he had lost his own?
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How did he build the limbs when he had lost his own?



I'm sure he had help from friends and family members.



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How did he build the limbs when he had lost his own?

thats what i'm wondering
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thats what i'm wondering

im sure he had help with the actually building part
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Inspiring read. 

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I don't get it though, without hands how did he build it in the first place?
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Can afford to make bombs, but can't afford healthcare.
Either the system, or his priorities are really messed up.


It's easy to make bombs though. The raw materials for a crude bomb can be made from the simplest of resources.

As far as "healthcare", his problem was with the cost of the prosthetics, which can cost several thousands of dollar more than basic healthcare.

Probably would've cost him and arm and a leg to get his new arms; well he's already lacking arms, and i doubt he's want to give up another limb.



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post #17 of 65
But how did he even begin constructing new arms.. without any hands?

Unless he built them with his feet or something lol
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Incredible. Some Tony Starck/6 million $ man ish.
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Breaks my heart that my man had to endure 8 years of no arms because of poverty. Much respect to his determination and ingenuity. I hope he can find a way to help others who are suffering from the ills of poverty.
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Wow, seems like he HANDled that situation rather well...

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"Love normally"? Is that a euphemism for something?

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wow thats amazing
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This man is truly an inspiration and should be a reminder that you can do anything if you want it bad enough. This dude is a BAWSE!
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Wow! Give this man a hand!!!
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Real life Metal Fingers.
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