Chinese man can't afford prosthetics, builds own bionic arms

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Raymond Wong
Dec 17, 2012

Eight years ago, Sun Jifa was the victim of a homemade bomb explosion that cost him both his arms. After nearly a decade of tinkering, Jifa has a new set of steel arms that let him live life normally, almost.

Jifa tells the Daily Mail that the bomb, made for blasting fish out of the water, went off prematurely in Guanmashan, China. Jifa couldn't afford proper prosthetics, so he decided to design his own.

For the most part, the bionic arms help Jifa work on his family farm.

"I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else. 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. I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune."

What's the 51-year-old Jifa's next move? To design bionic arms for other disabled folk, it appears. Go ahead and take a look at Jifa's steel arms in the gallery below. This guy is a real Iron Man, that's for sure.

(Originally published at DVICE via Daily Mail)