Man uses injury compensation to buy bionic arm

A man who was injured in a bus crash seven years ago has used part of his injury compensation to purchase a bionic arm.

Firefighter Ian Reid, who was 30 at the time of the accident, lost his right arm when the bus he was travelling on crashed in 2004, but a new development has enabled him to use an arm again.

The £50,000 I-Limb Pulse, made by West Lothian firm Touch Bionics, has four fingers and a thumb which can move and grip independently, and Mr Reid said buying it with his accident compensation has helped to get his life "back on track".

"I’m still registered as a retained firefighter and I’m hoping this will allow me to get back to frontline service. At the moment, I’m also choosing a skin for it. It will even look natural," he said

Meanwhile, C.M.A Tools (Burnley) Ltd, of Westgate in the town, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following an accident at work which resulted in worker Paul Whittaker losing his finger.

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Man uses injury compensation to buy bionic arm

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