Balangir youth fitted with computerized hands

Cuttack: For the first time in the medical history of Odisha, Khirod Mishra, a youth who had lost both his hands in an attack by miscreants, has been fitted with computerized hand prosthesis imported from USA at a cost of Rs 6 lakhs in Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Research Centre in Cuttack on Wednesday.

Khirod, a native of Raghavpali village of Balangir district, had lost both his hands in a barbaric act on August 6 last year.

Khirod was fitted with the computerized prosthetic hands imported with a grant from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak,

“This is a milestone in the progress of medical facilities in Odisha. The medical staff as well as the students here were able to learn the process about which we had only read in books so far,” said Dr Arun Chaudhary, HoD, plastic surgery department of SCB.

The prostheses work through a myoelectric-controlled system, with a 24 hour, rechargeable battery. With these hands, the patient can write, sign, and eat easily, the doctor said.

Khirod has been trained to use the artificial hands for the last two months, as the prosthesis works with signals from the brain, the doctor added.

“I am feeling very happy after getting my new hands. Now, I am able to write and do other things like anyone else. I had never imagined that I will get back my hands,” said Khirod Mishra expressing gratitude towards chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

His father Radhakant Mishra, who also was ecstatic after the surgery, said, “He can now write, eat and can hold things, which is enough for us.”

“We are very happy, after eight months of staying here, we will be able to go home. Brother will be able to eat and do his own daily work. We are very grateful to doctor Arun Chaudhary, who has saved his life and the chief minister,” said Khirod’s younger brother.